- BAMBI awards for Dua Lipa (“International music”), Mark Forster (“German music”) and Rod Stewart (“Legend”)
- Performances from Alessia Cara and Udo Lindenberg
- Lea, Nico Santos, Michael Schulte and Mike Singer nominated for the “New German music stars” people’s choice award
This year, the BAMBI award for “German music” goes to pop star Mark Forster. His first single, “Auf dem Weg” (On the way), was released back in 2012. “Au Revoir”, recorded in 2014 with rapper Sido, went three times platinum. In 2016, Forster had more chart success than any other German-language artist. “Mark Forster combines the best of two worlds, blending the urgency of rap with melodious pop to create songs you can’t get out of your head”, the BAMBI jury explain. “Hits like ‘Wir sind groß’ (We are great) celebrate life and deep feelings. He achieves this with simple language and not a hint of sentimentality, exuding an unwavering and infectious optimism.” Mark Forster has also been a judge and coach on the TV shows “The Voice Kids” and “The Voice of Germany” since 2015. He will perform “Einmal” (Once), a song from his new album “Liebe” (Love), at the BAMBI 2018 ceremony.
British singer Dua Lipa has made it to the top of the music world in just a short time. After a year packed with number 1 hits, sold-out shows and record-breaking streaming rates, she has become its most successful newcomer. At 23 years old, she is the most-streamed female singer on Spotify worldwide. She will receive the BAMBI for “International music” in recognition of her achievements. “Dua Lipa sings of broken hearts and jealousy in a striking, occasionally husky voice set to driving dancefloor beats”, say the Bambi jury. “In her often melancholy, self-written songs, it is the women who pull the strings.” On the BAMBI stage, Dua Lipa will perform a medley of her hits “Be the One”, “New Rules” and “IDGAF” from her album “Dua Lipa”.
Almost 50 years after signing his first solo record contract, rock and pop star Rod Stewart released his 30th album, “Blood Red Roses”, at the end of September. His unmistakeable voice, individual style and song writing skills have made Sir Rod Stewart one of the most successful British singers of all time. He has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, won several Grammys and has twice been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He will be presented with the “Legend” BAMBI in recognition of his exceptional career. “Rod Stewart is a master of genres, maintaining his popularity across decades, trends and fashions. His raw yet smooth voice and his incomparable charm make every song his own”, say the BAMBI jury. “He is a legend, but his story is far from over.” Rod Stewart will be performing songs such as “Didn’t I” (from his new album “Blood Red Roses”) for the BAMBI audience.
Grammy winner Alessia Cara will provide another musical highlight when she performs “Trust My Lonely” from her upcoming album “The Pains of Growing”. 22 years old, she became famous for songs such as “Scars To Your Beautiful” and “Here”. Two-time BAMBI winner Udo Lindenberg will return to the BAMBI stage for a performance of “Wir ziehen in den Frieden” (We are moving to peace) accompanied by an orchestra and a the choir „Kids on Stage“. The German rock legend is also the patron of the BAMBI “New German music stars” people’s choice award. The nominees are Lea, Nico Santos, Michael Schulte and Mike Singer.
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