It has been another fantastic year of new music from Eurovision and National Final stars, and our Eurovision Union Awards celebrates the best new music of the year. Over the past few weeks, you have been able to vote in 14 categories, and now it’s time to reveal the winners! In Part 1, we will reveal the first seven winners, and in Part 2, we will reveal the remaining winners. Thank you to everyone who voted, and without further ado, here are the winners!
As the title suggests, this category is dedicated to Eurovision or national final stars who collaborated on new music. Some collaborations were between Eurovision or National final stars, while others worked with artists outside of the Eurovision realm. Regardless, the nominees all put out incredible music during 2021.
The voting was close in this category, with KEiiNO taking out the top spot with almost 30% of the vote. Their collaboration track was titled ‘A New Beginning’ and features Peder Elias. Listen to the song below:
In second was Marco Mengoni who collaborated with Sanremo star, Madame on ‘Mi Fiderò’. The Italian duo secured just under 25% of the vote. In third was the collab between Netta and Little Big, who released the iconic tune, ‘Moustache’.
Best Follow Up Single
This category is dedicated to Eurovision 2021 artists and the music they released after their Eurovision appearance. The nominated songs were stellar, and we would struggle to pick just one winner! With the fan vote, the winner was clearer cut.
Winning Best Follow Up Single is ‘I Wanna Be Your Slave’ by Eurovision 2021 winners and now international superstars, Måneskin! Listen to the song below:
Måneskin achieved an incredible 55% of the vote, with TIX proving to be their biggest rival. The Norwegian fan favourite finished with over 35% of the vote for his song, ‘Engel, Ikke Dra’. Finishing in third was Spanish star Blas Cantó with ‘Americana’.
Best Hip-Hop/Rap Artist
One of the smallest categories in our Eurovision Union Awards, but it’s like they say, ‘quality over quantity’. Italian artists dominated this category and vote, with their Eurovision and National Final artists offering some of the strongest music in the category.
From the six nominated artists, Rocco Hunt rose to the top of the vote, with just over 37% of the total vote. The former Sanremo artist released his latest album ‘Rivoluzione’ during 2021, as well as a string of hit singles.
Coming in a close second was Sanremo debutant Fedez with just over 32% of the vote. Fedez also had a great year, finishing in second in Sanremo as well as releasing his new album. He finished the year with an Amazon exclusive TV series with wife Chiara Ferragni.
In third place was Madame, who achieved close to 18% of the vote.
Best Alternative Act
This category is dedicated to the artists who don’t quite fit into the pop or rock box, but rather, present unique music. This was another small category; however, we have a very clear winner! The fan favourite for Best Alternative Act is….
Achille Lauro! The former Sanremo artist released a new album during 2021 titled simply, ‘LAURO’. He also released a handful of new singles, including a collaboration with Fedez and Orietta Berti. Achille Lauro returns to Sanremo in 2022, so could this be the year he represents Italy at Eurovision?
Second in the vote was Ukrainian televote favourites, Go_A, who held 18% of the vote. Daði Freyr completed the top three with 6% of the total vote.
Best Pop Act
Many of the Eurovision and National Final artists fall into the pop category, which made it difficult to select the nominees this year! The nominated artists stood out for their achievements this year, whether that was at Eurovision, or their new music releases.
Finishing in first with an overwhelming 60% of the vote was TIX! The Norwegian star had a fantastic year, qualifying to the Eurovision final as well as releasing a number of memorable singles.
In second place was ABBA, holding just over 20% of the total vote. The former Swedish Eurovision winners finally returned in 2021 with a fresh new album titled ‘Voyage’. Finishing in third was Serbian trio Hurricane.
Best Rock Act
This category made a return in 2021, with rock certainly making a splash in the Eurovision world. In this category, we included various styles of rock spanning across various Eurovision artists in various countries.
It comes as no surprise that the winner of this category is Eurovision 2021 winners, Måneskin! The group dominated this category with almost 80% of the vote! It’s easy to see why, with the group achieving so much in just one year!
Finishing in second (pun intended) was Lordi, followed by fellow Finnish act Blind Channel.
Wildcard Song of the Year
This category is dedicated to the songs that we think deserve more love. The nominated songs had less than 100,000 streams on Spotify at the time of nomination, and although they may have not caught your attention during 2021, they should confidently make their way into your playlists now!
This year’s field was very diverse, and the vote was incredibly close. Winning by just ONE vote was Nathan Trent with his song, ‘Underwater’. Listen to the song below:
Finishing in second with a single vote less was Katerine Duska and her song ‘Athenian Skies’. In third, just one vote behind again was Alfie Arcuri with his song ‘Devil’s Lips’. Talk about a close vote!
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Eurovision Union Awards winners reveal!
Listen to our Eurovision Union Awards 2021 Spotify playlist below!