The winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, Conchita Wurst, has won a prestigious music award in her homeland of Austria.
Earlier this week, Conchita was presented the “Artist of the Year” Amadeus award. The Amadeus Austrian Music Awards is the annual awards ceremony for excellence in the Austrian music industry. It has been held annually in Austria since the year 2000, and the event has been staged at the Volkstheater in Vienna since 2012. The awards are voted for by the public, throughout the preceding months.
Conchita’s first studio album, the self-titled Conchita, went straight to number 1 in Austria, and made the top 20 in Belgium and Switzerland. The album also charted in Australia, Finland, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.
As well as winning awards in her home country, last month Conchita spent some time in Australia. She performed in a special concert at the Sydney Opera House, titled From Vienna with Love, and it is here along with Guy Sebastian that she introduced Dami Im as the 2016 Eurovision contestant for Australia.
Conchita also headlined the Mardi Gras Gay Pride Festival. She joined Australian drag queen Courtney Act, who also has singing experience, having released the song Rub me wrong in 2004. It may sound cheesy, but it’s a nice family of artists, who all support each other, Conchita says.
In addition to her time down under, Conchita has also been a judge on The Voice Kids in Austria, and has been making exciting plans for next year. The annual Rainbow Cruise, which is aimed at the LGBT and sails around the Mediterranean Sea, will feature Conchita Wurst as their star guest. For me the Rainbow Cruise combines tolerance and freedom. I am happy to be involved, says Conchita about her participation in the event. She will perform on the cruise from the 29 April until the 7 May 2017.
Conchita Wurst won the Eurovision Song Contest for Austria in 2014.