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Brussels, Liege, Groningen, 9 November 2017

Blanche announced as winner of 2018 European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA)

Liège, Belgium, November 9th: Blanche is the latest artist to be confirmed as a winner of a 2018 European Border Breakers Award (EBBA), the European music award for emerging artists who have seen outstanding success across Europe. Blanche was surprised with her award during an appearance at Pure Like On Stage, organized by PURE RTBF.
Blanche first stepped into the spotlight when she represented Belgium at the semi-final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev. It's hard to imagine a better version of the folky song City Lights, but she did it again in the final, and it earned her fourth place. The young Belgian singer has a soothing, husky voice that recalls Lorde and London Grammar's Hannah Reid. Blanche is signed to PIAS, and with just this one song released, which has racked-up over 20 million streams to date, it is safe to say the world is eager to see and hear more.
EBBA ceremony
?Earlier, Skott from Sweden and Off Bloom from Denmark were also announced as winners of an EBBA. A total of ten artists will be awarded an EBBA over the coming weeks. The winners will receive their award in a ceremony hosted by TV personality and musician Jools Holland at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival in Groningen, Netherlands, on 17 January 2018. The ceremony will also feature performances by the winning acts.

Public Choice Award

All EBBA winners are also in the running to win the Public Choice Award. Fans from all over the world can vote online from the end of November to Christmas for their favourite emerging artist. The winner of the Public Choice Award will be announced during the EBBA ceremony at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival in Groningen. Up to ten voters, chosen at random from different countries, will be invited to the award ceremony. Each will be able to bring a friend and the flight and hotel costs will be taken care of.


The EBBA celebrate new and border-breaking artists who create today and tomorrow's music. From Adele (United Kingdom) to Christine & the Queens (France), the EBBA winners represent some of the standout European sounds of recent years. Other previous winners include Dua Lipa, Stromae, Gabriel Rios, Hozier, Of Monsters and Men, Mumford & Sons, Aurora, Disclosure, John Newman, C2C, Tokio Hotel, The Script, Years and Years, Robin Schulz, Carnival Youth, MØ and Selah Sue.

From the group of enthusiastic gig-goers out on the weekend to the industry dedicated to making the music you love, Music Moves Europe. The EBBA are one of the EU's ways of celebrating European popular and contemporary music, by bringing the artists, the industry and the fans together to celebrate European music.

15th edition of EBBA

Every year, 10 European artists receive an EBBA to recognise their success in countries other than their own. This success is measured by: airplay, sales, live performances in Europe, position in the  European Border Breakers Charts
To be eligible for the 2018 awards, the artists must have achieved border-breaking success with their first international release in Europe between 1 August 2015 and 31 July 2016 and come from a country participating in the EU's Creative Europe programme.

The EBBA, now in their 15th year, is an EU Prize, organised by Eurosonic Noorderslag in partnership with the European Commission (Creative Europe) and the European Broadcasting Union, with support from Buma Cultuur, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Province of Groningen, the City of Groningen and Music Week.


Note to the editor / not for publication:

For more information and questions:

Creative Europe programme, European Commission, Corinne Rigaud – corinne.rigaud@ec.europa.eu
Eurosonic Noorderslag, Jildau Stoelwinder – jildau.stoelwinder@noorderslag.nl

The announcement of the 2018 EBBA winners can be followed through social media:

Facebook: EBBA.Awards, CreativeEuropeEU
Twitter: @ebba_awards, @europe_creative
Instagram: Ebba_awards
YouTube: European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA)

On Creative Europe: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/creative-europe/about_en
EBBA website: https://www.europeanborderbreakersawards.eu/en/