Estonia: Eurovision success at Estonian Music Awards

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There was a strong Eurovision Song Contest presence at Estonia’s Annual Music Awards show yesterday (Thursday 15 January 2015).

Held at the Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn, Eesti Muusikaauhinnad 2015 was presented by Ott Lepland and Ines, both of whom have represented Estonia at Eurovision.  Ott Lepland’s Kuula attained a sixth place position at the contest of 2012, while Ines took her uptempo entry Once in a lifetime to fourth place at the Stockholm-hosted competition of 2000.

The glamorous event saw victories for Vaiko Eplik, Karl-Erik Taukar and Elephants from Neptune.  Vaiko Eplik, who won the award for Best Alternative/Indie album, participated at the Eurovision Song Contest of 2003 as singer with the band Ruffus.  Their song Eighties coming back achieved a twenty-first placing.  Watch below:

Karl-Erik Taukar and Elephants from Neptune will contest the first Eesti Laul 2015 semi-final on Saturday 7 February.  The winner of Eesti Laul will represent Estonia at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest which will take place in Vienna in May.  Karl-Erik Taukar, who won the awards for Best Male Artist and Best Pop Album, will be singing Päev korraga at Eesti Laul.  Watch him below:

Elephants from Neptune clinched the Best Rock Album award for Pressure and pleasure.  Watch their Eesti Laul entry Unriddle me:

The full list of winners:

  • Best Album – Curly Strings – Üle ilma
  • Best Band – Curly Strings – Üle ilma
  • Best Debut Album – Curly Strings – Üle ilma
  • Best Male Artist – Karl-Erik Taukar – Vääramatu jõud
  • Best Female Artist – Maria Minerva – Histrionic
  • Best Classical Album – Galina Grigorjeva. In paradisum. Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Mikk Üleoja
  • Best Jazz Album – Estonian Voices – Ole hea
  • Best Etno/Folk Album – Trad.Attack! – Trad.Attack!
  • Best Electronica Album – Maria Minerva – Histrionic
  • Best Alternative/Indie Album – Vaiko Eplik 7 – Nõgesed
  • Best Metal Album – Metsatöll – Karjajuht
  • Best Rock Album – Elephants From Neptune – Pressure and pleasure
  • Best Pop Album – Karl-Erik Taukar – Vääramatu jõud
  • Best Video – Trad.Attack! – Kuukene (director Martti Helde)
  • Best Song – Curly Strings – Kauges külas (authors: Eeva Talsi/Kristiina Ehin)
  • Best Hip Hop/Rap Album – Genka / Paul Oja – Genka / Paul Oja
  • Lifetime Contribution Award – Jaak Joala (awarded posthumously)

Karl-Erik Taukar and Elephants from Neptune also performed at the event, along with Tanja (Eurovision 2014, Amazing), Getter Jaani (Eurovision 2011, Rockefeller street) and several other big names from the Estonian music scene.

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