This Year's Marcel Bezençon Awards Go to France, Cyprus, and Bulgaria

In addition to the overall and most well known victory price of the Eurovision Song Contest decided by the viewers at home and music industry professional from each participating country, three more awards are officially awarded to outstanding musical acts. The Marcel Bezençon Awards, named after the founder of the contest, was first handed out in 2002 in Tallinn. Initiated by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in Eurovision, 1992) and Richard Herrey (member of the Herreys, 1984 Eurovision winner from Sweden), awards are granted in three categories - the Press Award, Artistic Award, and Composer Award. Awards are traditionally handed out backstage, shortly before the Grand Final. Here are this year's winners.

Press Award

The press award is give to the best entry voted for by the accredited media. This year it was awarded to France with Madame Monsieur and their entry Mercy. The song explored a story about a girl named Mercy who was born to Nigerian refugees on a boat, travelling across the Mediterranean Sea in the midst of the European migrant crisis. Overall the act finished on the 13th position at the Grand Final.

Artistic Award

The artistic award is presented to the best artist voted for by the commentators. This year's award went to Cyprus's representative Eleni Foureira, and her entry Fuego. The catchy song and flawless performance earned 2nd position as part of the Grand Final.

Composer Award

Composer award is granted by a jury consisting of the participating composers who vote for the most original composition. This year the award went to Bulgaria's entry Bones, performed by Equinox.

Don't forget to check out a list of former winners at Eurovision.TV

Valev Laube

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Valev Laube is an Estonian-born brand manager, artist, and designer currently based in New York.

He is an alumnus of the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY) and the United World College of the Adriatic (Duino, Italy). 
His works have been exhibited both in the United States and Canada, and his performed world-wide.

His most recent projects include a web presence and design project for a world-wide brand consultancy Marquee Brand Builder, branding for a promotional goods design and production company Sacatelle, and many other design work for companies such Kenneth Cole, Steve Madden, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and many others. His most recent independent projects include organizing a multidisciplinary concert "Tonality of Culture" (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.), creating a music video for an Estonian-Finnish indie-pop band Popidiot, branding and curating works for The Foundation for Estonian Arts and Letters (New York, NY).

In 2016 and 2017 he was the creative director of the Estonian Cultural Days in New York, and collaborated as a video artist on a performance-art show "Reflection Spectrum" at Anita's Way (New York, NY).