Winners of the tenth European Border Breakers Awards

Share Article

The winners of the tenth European Border Breakers Award have been announced by the European Commission and Eurosonic Noorderslag. With winners from ten different countries the awards showcase the best new talent the European music scene has to offer and celebrate the border breaking success of artists across Europe.

Selah Sue winner of the Public Choice Award 2012

Selah Sue winner of the Public Choice Award 2012

The European Border Breakers Awards celebrate the success of artists outside their own countrty

The winners of the 2013 European Border Breakers Awards, celebrating border breaking talents in European pop music, were announced by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth and the European music conference and showcase festival Eurosonic Noorderslag.

The winners of the 2013 awards are:

  •     Nabiha (Denmark)
  •     Ewert and The Two Dragons (Estonia)
  •     French Films (Finland)
  •     C2C (France)
  •     Emeli Sandé (Great Britain)
  •     Of Monsters and Men (Iceland)
  •     Dope D.O.D. (Netherlands)
  •     Amor Electro (Portugal)
  •     Juan Zelada (Spain)
  •     Niki and the Dove (Sweden)

Watch the European Border Breakers Awards 2013 video trailer here

"Music is a universal language that touches billions of people, regardless of age or background. Our winners have all succeeded in reaching out to audiences beyond their home country through their talent and energy. I hope the awards will inspire other artists to take their music beyond their national borders and break into new markets," said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

To be eligible for the awards, the artists must have enjoyed border-breaking success with their first international release in Europe between 1 August 2011 and 31 July 2012. The winners are selected by music market analyst Nielsen Music Control on the basis of record sales and broadcast frequency and according to votes by European Broadcasting Union (EBU) radio stations and festivals participating in the European Talent Exchange Program (ETEP).

The winners will receive their awards in a televised ceremony hosted by TV personality and musician Jools Holland at Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen, Netherlands, on 9 January 2013. The ceremony – including performances by most of the winning acts – will be broadcast by Dutch National Television (NTR) and will also receive European coverage through TV channels and radio stations.

One of the winners will also receive a 'Public Choice Award'. From 1 November until December 21 the public can vote for their favourite artist on By voting, they could win a trip to the award ceremony.

Former winners of the 'EBBA Awards' include Adele, The Baseballs, The Dø, KT Tunstall, Tokio Hotel, The Ting Tings, Lykke Li, The Scripts, Milow, Katie Melua, Mumford and Sons, Swedish House Mafia and Caro Emerald.

About the European Border Breaker Awards
Now in their tenth year, the awards are funded by the EU Culture Programme and organized by Eurosonic Noorderslag, in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The awards are supported by Buma Cultuur, SNN, Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Province of Groningen, City of Groningen and European Music Office.

Eurosonic Noorderslag is Europe’s most important music conference and showcase festival, aiming to encourage circulation of European music. Eurosonic Noorderslag also is the organization of the European Talent Exchange Program (ETEP). The ETEP boosts circulation of talented European artists among a network of European summer festivals. It creates opportunities for professionals in the European music business and ultimately contributes to the development of the European music industry.

The European music industry makes an important contribution to growth and jobs, accounting for a significant part of our cultural and creative industries, which provide quality jobs for up to 8.5 million people in the EU and contribute up to 4.5% to Europe's GDP. The total value of the EU recorded music market is around € 6 billion a year. The European recorded music market presents around a fifth of the total music market which is worth close to € 30 billion.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Nikki McNeill
Follow us on
Visit website