On 20 January, the winners of the EU prize for popular and contemporary music were revealed at a hybrid award ceremony at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival.
The Grand Jury MME Award 2022 went to Meskerem Mees (Belgium). The Ukrainian singer Alina Pash hit the list of five other winners, and the Public Choice Award went to Ladaniva (Armenia).
The EU prize for popular and contemporary music celebrates new emerging talents all over Europe and supports each of them with a money prize of €10,000 and a training programme to boost their international career. In addition, the Public Choice winner receives a money prize of €5,000.
Alina Pash is 100% Bitanga (ruthenian dialect for ‘hooligan’) who breaks the system of old stereotypes. Her authentic style is a mix of electronic music, hip hop, pop and ethnic folk.
Ladaniva is a multicultural band creating world music with a fresh touch of Armenian folk and other traditional forms, including maloya, Balkan Beat, reggae, Arabic, and African influences.
The 2021 Public Choice Award Winner, the Ukrainian hip hop artist Alyona Alyona, is now a member of the jury of the Music Moves Awards.
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