This year we have decided to hold the inaugural Eurovision NI Awards. We will celebrate the good, the bad and the ugly at Eurovision 2016 over 16 categories, as well as presenting the Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributing to Eurovision. We have chosen the nominees for each category (which are listed below) and we are now asking you to vote for your favourites in each category, with the results being announced in four weeks time on Saturday 22 October.
Leading the field in ‘The Good’ categories is The Netherlands’ Douwe Bob who has received six nominations including Best Male Solo Artist, Best Video, Best Live Vocal, Best Song, Best Staging and Best Moment for his ‘Long Pause’ during his performance. Russia’s Sergey Lazarev, Malta’s Ira Losco and this year’s winner Jamala have been nominated in five of the categories.
Best Male Solo Artist
Best Female Solo Artist
Best Duo, Collaboration or Group
Best Non-English Language Song
Best Returning Artist
Best Live Vocal
Best Song From Selection Shows
Now for the three ‘Bad’ categories: Worst Lyrics, Worst Song and Most Cringeworthy Act. The act with the most nominations in this section is Georgia’s Nika Kocharov and the Young Georgian Lolitaz who have been nominated in all three categories and have even been nominated twice in the category of Worst Lyrics for their song ‘Midnight Gold’.
Most Cringeworthy Act
Calling this section of the award ‘The Ugly’ is unfair, it’s not that the nominees themselves are ugly, rather that the clothes they chose to wear at Eurovision were absolutely hideous. There are two categories here, one for the male contestants and one for the females.
Worst Dressed Male
Worst Dressed Female
The Phoenix Award for Outstanding Achievement at Eurovision
We at Eurovision NI would like to extend a special award for outstanding contribution to Eurovision and give a place in the Eurovision NI Hall of Fame to BBC announcer, Eurovision host and all round legend Terry Wogan.