On 12 November 2015, the 67th BAMBI ceremony honoured both German and international stars at the Stage Theater, Potsdamer Platz. This year’s unsung heroes were Germany’s countless volunteers who have been working tirelessly to help with the refugee crisis. The 2015 BAMBI award winners include Hollywood actress Hilary Swank, British pop star Rita Ora, Heidi Klum and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, whose moving speech was one of the highlights of the ceremony.
Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank dedicated her “International actress” award to her mother, who has always encouraged her to pursue her acting career. Laughs came from Otto Waalkes, who received the “Comedy” BAMBI .
Performances included the German band Revolverheld, who played a medley from their new “Unplugged” album. British singer Rita Ora, who was awarded the BAMBI for “International music” in recognition of her global success, sang her latest hit “Body on me” against the romantic backdrop of a sea of flowers.
But the 2015 BAMBI ceremony also had its subdued moments. For the first time, the “Unsung heroes” BAMBI was not awarded to individuals. Instead, German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel took to the stage and thanked the countless volunteers who have been pushing themselves to the limits since the refugee crisis began, saying: “The people who help every day – that is Germany.”
The audience gave a standing ovation to Wolfgang Schäuble, who was honoured with the “Millennium” award for his decades of political service. In a moving speech, the Finance Minister reminded the audience that, 25 years ago, the Berlin Wall still ran through the site of the BAMBI venue at Potsdamer Platz: “We have become a great country full of great people. We have become much better than we ourselves could ever have imagined. We are incredibly open and willing to help.”
The “Kick im Boxring” (Kick in the boxing ring) integration programme, which is supported by the Laureus Foundation, received the “Integration” BAMBI. The programme uses regular sport with professional supervision to have a positive influence on young people in problem areas. Project manager Thomas Jansen picked up the award and Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG and patron of the Laureus Foundation, praised the former boxer’s great dedication.
WINNERS AND PRESENTERS BAMBI 2015
Audience award for best entertainment show: “Grill den Henssler” (Grill Henssler) (presenter: Lena Gercke)
Comedy: Otto Waalkes (presenter: Thomas Hermanns)
Fashion: Heidi Klum (presenter: Wolfgang Joop)
German actor: Tobias Moretti (presenter: Iris Berben)
German actress: Henriette Confurius (presenter: Hans Sigl)
German film: “Who am I – Kein System ist sicher” (Who am I – No system is safe) (presenters: Senta Berger and Simon Verhoeven)
German music: “Sing meinen Song – Das Tauschkonzert” (Sing my song – the swap concert): Andreas Bourani, Yvonne Catterfeld, Hartmut Engler, Sebastian Krumbiegel, Tobias Künzel, Xavier Naidoo, Christina Stürmer und Daniel Wirtz (presenter: Kai Pflaume)
Integration: “Kick im Boxring”: Thomas Jansen (presenter: Johannes B. Kerner)
International actress: Hilary Swank (presenter: Clemens Schick)
International music: Rita Ora (presenter: Joko Winterscheidt)
Lifetime achievement: Wolfgang Rademann (presenters: Anja and Gerit Kling)
Millennium: Dr Wolfgang Schäuble (presenter: Thomas Bach)
Our earth “Clear Water Project”: Rea Garvey (presenter: Frank Plasberg)
Special jury award: “Honig im Kopf” (Head Full of Honey); Dieter Hallervorden und Til Schweiger (presenter: Jeanette Hain)
Sport: Jan Frodeno (presenter: Katarina Witt)
Unsung heroes: All those volunteering in the refugee crisis – no individual person, no presentation (presenter: Sigmar Gabriel)