On Tuesday, February 26, the best songs and bands were announced at the National Theatre on the 17th Music Annual Awards Ceremony. The band Brainstorm received the most awards.
Latvian Brainstorm band was once again in the lead among domestic bands. The group was nominated in four categories and received three awards. The archive of their awards was added by Golden Microphones for the victory in the Best Pop-Rock album (Vēl viena klusā daba), Best music video (Lantern) and Best Song (Lantern). Lantern was declared the best song based on the audience vote as well. Brainstorm was also nominated for the Best Radio Song of the Year, but this award was given to Dons‘ song – Signāls. The jury declared Janis Stibelis’ Summer City the Best Pop Music Album, while the Rock album award went to Inokentijs Marpls band for their Pupu mizas album.
Songs were nominated in some categories for the first time – Soundarcade (album Moving the Great Hadron) became the first winner in the Hard Rock nomination; Kodek (Flavours from the Future) was awarded the Electronic Music award; the best jazz song award was given to the work of Karlis Vanags and City Jazz band (Introducing the Band).
There was serious competition in the academic and choir music categories, where the Golden Microphone was awarded to Kremerats Baltica‘s album Jubilate and the Kamēr choir’s Moon songs. Darta sings was awarded the Best Album for Children prize. Composer Raimonds Pauls received the most praise – for his album Peace and Berzins. The prize in the Best Country nomination was given to Sixth Mile‘s Iebrien manā saulrietā (Wade into in my sunset).
The Year’s Debut award was given to Sus Dingo band. In the field of alternative music, the band Satellites LV and their album Pagrīde was given the award. The new mix of DJ Ella‘s hit Welcome to the Club was given the best Dance Song prize.
The Latvian Music Award ceremony is organized by Micrec PM and the Latvian Sound Producer, Publisher and Distributor Association in cooperation with the Latvian Performers and Producers Union.