Prestigious award for The Common Linnets
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – Back in 2004, the European Commission (in partnership with the EBU and the European Talent Exchange Program) has decided to create the European Border Breakers Award. In order to recognize the cross border success of debuting European artists, 10 acts are awarded an EBBA prize every year.
The list of the 2015 laureates has just been issued, and the Common Linnets, the unexpected runner-up of this year’s Eurovision, are among the lucky winners. The Dutch duo, with their eponym album, has been quite successful since the silver medal in Copenhagen, reaching the TOP 50 in 10 countries (and being certified Gold in the Netherlands and Austria).
One can say that this award is highly deserved, but the success story may not end here for Ilse DeLange and Waylon. Indeed, since 2010, an additional prize, the Public Choice Award, is given to one of the EBBA laureates. The public can vote online to give a gold medal to one of the 10 winners. So get prepared to cast your vote on the EBBA website, as soon as the voting procedure is launched…
The award ceremony will take place on January 15th, in Groningen during the Eurosonic Noordelag Festival. That night, the 10 acts will perform live on stage, in a show hosted by BBC Radio presenter Jools Holland. Last year, no less than 16 European public tv stations (from Iceland to Kosovo) have broadcast the show!
DID YOU KNOW?
Although it’s still a rather confidential ceremony, the EBBA awards are a prestigious Europe-wide prize. Since 2004, several Eurovision acts were EBBA laureates: Las Ketchup (Spain 2006), Arash (Azerbaijan 2009), Elena Paparizou (Greece 2001, 2005) and Cascada (Germany 2013). For 2015, the 10 lucky winners are Hozier (Ireland), Indila (France), John Newman (UK), Klangkarussell (Austria), Mélanie De Basio (Belgium), Milky Chance (Germany), Mø (Denmark), Todd Terje (Norway), Tove Lo (Sweden and… The Common Linnets (The Netherlands). As far as the Public Choice Award is concerned, no Eurovision artist has ever received the prize. So let’s hope the Dutch duo will surprise us once more!