Best Female vocals 2016: and the Frida goes to…

FridaEurovision Times Awards 2016 – Every year, the summer is the calm after the storm so it’s the perfect time to resume the “Eurovision Times Awards” to give prizes to the best in every category! After a week in this category, it’s time to announce the winner and hand out the Frida. So who will win?


Technical Awards

Best Female vocals

TheET Awards five entries nominated were:

  • Australia‘s Dami Im at the Grand Final
  • Croatia‘s Nina Kraljić at the First Semifinal
  • Czech Republic‘s Gabriela Gunčiková at the First Semifinal
  • Serbia‘s Sanja Vučić at the Grand Final
  • Ukraine‘s Jamala at the Grand Final


And the Frida goes to…


Sound Of Silence” was performed by Dami Im. Representing Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, it was written and composed by David Musumeci & Anthony Egizii (known as DNA). It finished 2nd with 511 points. Nominated seven times overall in ET Awards 2016, “Best Female vocals” is its first so far! Congratulations!

You can click here to look at the full recommendations and nominations from last week’s article! There were 41 recommendations for 10 countries in the first round and 164 votes were cashed in an open poll, in exactly one week, among the 5 nominees. The complete detailed results will be announced once all polls are closed so in another week!

Now let’s watch the winning entry once more, for Dami’s vocals:

47 comments on “Best Female vocals 2016: and the Frida goes to…

  1. A bad winner,imo!It’s obvious that in many parts of the song this is not a vocal interpretation but a vocal show-off which ends up being an irritating screaming.

    • I voted for Dami. I am always impressed by singers who can do these vocal show offs and make it seem so easy and simple, as it was part of who they are. And Dami is so tiny it’s impressive seeing such a voice coming out of her. And maybe it is a bias, but I prefer Dami’s vocals to Jamala’s, who ALSO does a show off but because of the song’s meaning it is seemed less so. Unfairly so imo.

      • It’s a sub-par winner.Jamala’s vocal show off is well-integrated into the song,it sounds natural,it’ds controlled and it’s only during the massive build-up of the bridge while Dami started improvising during the rehearsals.I insist that at some points it sounds so unpleasant.

    • We are all entitled to our own opinions however I do feel genuinely sorry for your inability to appreciate a true, pure voice which was, without doubt, the very best vocal of the ESC.

    • Clearly your ears are not hearing the same with most juries. Hmmmm, to whom should my own ears incline to agree with? Well, they seem to agree with the juries and I am somehow satisfied that i could appreciate good voices as they did too, that I wasn’t hearing anything beautifully less.

  2. It’s a bit surprising, but it was always gonna be a battle between Jamala and Dami here. I voted for Jamala but Dami was my 2nd choice so I’m ok with her winning.

  3. Awful result…

  4. Very well deserved. Dami is a magnificent singer – the juries recognised that alongside the contemporary edge of the song and rewarded it. Glad to see ET readers think the same !

  5. Hm, interesting.

    Well, there’s no denying that she’s a very good singer, so from a technical point of view it’s an OK winner. I do however miss some personality in her singing. I can quickly become too clean and polished.

  6. Hm I can agree that her vocals had a bit of cold in them, but this is the true winner of the female vocal section in my strong opinion, cause it is the vocals that matter and not the performance per say in this award. Jamala was great as well, but her amazingly dramatic performance took the best of her vocals in the end not giving it 100 % perfection like Dami did. I am quite sure this is gonna be Australias only win, so I am happy it got its strongest suit! :)

  7. Voted for Ukraine.
    Congrats Australia!

  8. Dami deserves this because seriously there is no one better than her, she can sing any Genre. even the classics, and rock. Seriously I have never seen anyone so versatile as Dami I’m. Go look at her on UTUBE Xfactor 2013, she is amazing.

  9. Dami is very old fashioned belter, whose technical skills are not up for her “interpretation”. She screams.

  10. Well deserved. Dami knocked that song out of the park. I voted for Jamala’s masterclass in technique, dynamics, range and control, but she won the contest so I shan’t begrudge Dami her success here!

  11. I agreed with Stephen, Dami can sing any song that were thrown to her (if you all watched her in the Xfactor). Her live acoustics are the best. She can control her tones whether in high or low notes. Unlike Jamala, I bet her acoustic will sound rough n will be out of tune. Yes of cause Jamala has a nice and husky voice but give her a song without much instrument. I think she will destroy it.
    Dami, old fashioned belter? A screamer? Nah uh ! I don’t think so, Have you listened to her acoustic “Bridge Over Water or her Single albums,especially her “Gladiator” and “Alive”
    And when she sung, she sang them through her heart and emotion. A plus sign, she’s a very talented musician too.

  12. My top-5 female singers for 2016:

    1. Ukraine
    2. Serbia
    3. Australia
    4. Austria
    5. Croatia / FYRoM (They both deserve a place)

  13. Technically Dami was faultless but personally I do not enjoy vocal show offs (aka quality screaming). In fact, I have never enjoyed the work of pop singers like Mariah Carey, Whitney Housten etc. either. I don’t think that the word “subtle” comes to mind when watching Dami’s ESC performance, but that’s just personal taste. I prefer sth with more personality.
    I don’t have an issue with Dami winning though because, as I have said, my objections are purely subjective. Congrats!

  14. I nominated Dami, even though I do not like the song at all. Congratulations.

    P.S. – very good vocals that convey little to no emotion as everything else doesn’t either in ‘The Sound of Silence’.

  15. Tbh I disagreed with this nomination since beginning.

  16. Dami was clearly the best Singer & Performer & delivered a knock out Blow on stage, she delivered a masterful performance & Sang a story of Living in a Digitised World yet we are disconnected with our Loved ones face to face, perfectly executed with Angelic tones, pitch perfect, dynamics, Power, grace, elegance & class! She was light years ahead of any other Artist & this was vindicated by the professional Jury Votes, absolutely smacking every other Artist, making them look & sound second rate & ever since she made a mockery of the ESC, Sound Of Silence has been the most successful ESC on European Charts & still in Top 10 in many EBU Countries after one Month. Dami was also the most applauded by the Grand Final Crowd, having them in a frenzy before she evan started Singing & through out the Song had the entire Audience feel Goosebumps, hair raising & jaw dropping. The media/press also stated Dami was the best performed & this was proven at the press conferences.. ..Best Eurovision performance ever.

  17. Lol, Dami trolls attacking in full force :)

    Enjoy them those who voted for her!

    • Or Guitartbl has opened new accounts.

      • He doesn’t need to. Those Malta-Ireland-Australia trolls in ESC forums are something else. Zeus have mercy on us if the UK ever takes it seriously.

        • No worries, they won’t. They have very imperialistic view on pop music. That’s their last empire, sun never sets there. Their hit music is global and huge. ESC is a perfect way to channel their everlasting resentment towards everything European and take a piss in which they are really good. After all when the morining comes, it’s British hit music that’s being played all over the world.
          Even in their ESC haydays their entries were well detached from pop music trends they were busy exporting. When Sweden served Abba in high season of glam rock, UK gave us Olivia Newton-John with military march singalong. I think it’s been quite cynical after -76, doing well mostly for being UK. Just a little bit was a big exception but probably just a lucky strike.

          • That is another imperial illusion they have then. The british pop music scene will never be as influential and creative as it was between the ’60s and the ’80s. Right now they only have a few token luminaries like Adele, Sam Smith and Coldplay mainly targeted at the “adult” audience (a few years ago they didn’t even have that – people like Robbie Williams failed to break in America). Meanwhile all the really big stars are manufactured in the US. And they are rapidly turning into America themselves losing all their quirkiness, uniqueness and flair in the process.

            • Ed Sheeran and One Direction are in that list too. You are right, biggest pop stars are made in USA at the moment and they are defining the sound of contemporary pop with some remarkable help from Stockholm. Still I wouldn’t write them off just yet. UK is still world’s second biggest music exporter in the world and even though their biggest stars are very adult contemporary at the moment, their vast back catalogue keeps inspiring budding muscians and producers for years to come. Also BBC Radio 1 is one of the biggest taste making machines in contemporary pop.
              This year in ESC British influences are well represented too. UKR with their ESC friendly take on trip hop and Massive Attack, LAT doing Disclosure, CRO emulating Ellie Golding and GEO with their dive into Brit pop.

          • I am not writing them off, but their haul at the billboard charts over the last 20 years has been quite thin on the ground (they even went through a complete dry spell in terms of no1s between 1997 and 2006 and have only partially recovered since). The Beatles and the Stones, Bowie, Queen, Kate Bush and Pink Floyd, Eurythmics, Wham, Duran Duran, New Order and the Pet shop boys: They brought their own particular sensitivity in the world of anglophone pop music and that’s gone.

            And yes, there is also Zayn, their first effort to create a young, international pop star in ages. Of course to do that they market him as “the first muslim pop star” so that western liberals can feel all gooey and tolerant inside.

            • Both golden eras, 60’s and 80’s were ignited by major changes in youth culture that where waves of bigger cultural changes. British record companies are at their best when first providing soundtracks to ever changing youth culture and then commercialising it to masses. They used be spot on with trends and they weren’t afraid to take chances. They were defining fashion. Same can be said of punk/new wave, late 80’s club scene and Brit pop on lesser extent. British record companies used to be part of cultural industry and fashion industry. Now they are just part of entertainment industry. And street credible fashions moved to urban America long time ago and is likely to stay there for awhile. Britain will be playing second violin in the future too.

              I absolutely love Zayn’s album. I actually listened to it so much during Easter that I got a special message from Zayn and Spotify to thank me for being in this very special group of people who have listened to album most in the whole world. I must have been only middle aged man in that group. I was quite disappointed of album’s performance on charts. I was pretty sure it would have turned out to be new Faith. It was ok, but far cry from being stellar.
              Even though Zayn is British as artist he is American. The album is made in US with American producers. I’m not sure, but I think he’s career is led from Los Angeles – label, agent, management etc.

          • Olivia Newton John is Aussie! Lol

        • I love these two longish posts from Dami Army recruits. Life of a fan is so easy.

  18. I would pick Dami too

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