European Border Breakers Awards: Kodaline wins public choice award
The winners of the 2014 European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA Awards) were honoured this evening at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival in Groningen (Netherlands). The EBBA Awards are given to the best new music acts in Europe which have achieved cross-border success.
Public Choice Award
The biggest winner of the night was Kodaline who scooped the public choice award, announced during the show following an online vote to select the 'best of the best'. The Irish group, who performed live at the show, are currently on a world tour which takes place in The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, the United States, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia in the next few months following the success of their debut album, In A Perfect World.
EBBA Award Show
The EBBA Award show also featured performances by most of the other 2014 winners: GuGabriel (Austria), Lukas Graham (Denmark), Ásgeir (Iceland), Jacco Gardner (Netherlands) and Nico & Vinz (Norway). The acts Zedd (Germany), Icona Pop (Sweden) and Disclosure (UK) sent video messages. Former EBBA Award winner Caro Emerald (Netherlands) and Norwegian singer Maria Mena also performed at the show.
Hosted by the British TV host and musician Jools Holland, the event was broadcast live via YouTube and will be screened on TV throughout Europe in the coming months.
Now in their eleventh year, the EBBA Awards aim to encourage artists to make the most of the Single Market by reaching audiences beyond their home country. At the same time the awards highlight and promote the creativity and diversity of European music and its role in bringing people together and breaking down barriers. The awards are organized by Eurosonic Noorderslag in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union and the European Broadcasting Union. The EBBA Awards are supported by Buma Cultuur, SNN, Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Province of Groningen, City of Groningen and Music Week.