EXCLUSIVE: Co-founder of Marcel Bezençon Awards Weighs In
This year’s Eurovision Song Contest has come and gone and as many people speculate on controversies with the voting process and the winner, one thing everyone can agree on are the recipients of this years Marcel Bezençon Awards.
Tribute to Show Founder
Co-founded by Eurovision Song Contest 1984 winner Richard Herrey and Swedish Head of Delegation Christer Björkman, the award was named after Marcel Bezençon who had created the Eurovision Song Contest.
Three Categories and Winners
This year the Artistic Award (voted by commentators), awarded to Jamala of Ukraine with her entry “1944.”
The Press Award (voted by accredited press) was awarded to Sergey Lazarev of Russia with his entry “You Are The Only One.”
The Composer Award (voted by fellow composers) was awarded to Anthony Egizii and David Musumeci who composed Dami Im of Australia’s entry “Sound of Silence.”
We also got an ESCReporter exclusive interview with Richard Herrey on how the award came about, what his thoughts are on this years winners, who pays for the awards, and why Christer Björkman seems to get all the credit for it.