Best Lyrics 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 Lyrics

TheET Awards five entries nominated were:

  • Estonia‘s “Play” by Stig Rästa, Vallo Kikas, Fred Krieger
  • Italy‘s “No Degree Of Separation” by Francesca Michielin, Federica Abbate, Norma Jean Martine
  • Serbia‘s “Goodbye” by Ivana Peters
  • Sweden‘s “If I Were Sorry” by Frans Jeppsson Wall, Fredrik Andersson, Michael Saxell, Oscar Fogelström
  • Ukraine‘s “1944” by Jamala

And the Frida goes to…


No Degree Of Separation” was performed by Francesca Michielin. Representing Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, it was written by Francesca Michielin, Federica Abbate & Norma Jean Martine and composed by Fabio Gargiulo, Federica Abbate & Cheope. It finished 16th with 124 points. Nominated six times overall in ET Awards 2016, “Best Lyrics” 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 42 recommendations for 15 countries in the first round and 146 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!

You can read the winning lyrics once more here and watch the song:

27 comments on “Best Lyrics 2016: and the Frida goes to…

  1. Very well deserved <3

  2. Anyone know why the grand final videos are blocked (and has been for some time)? I’m from the US.

  3. A nice surprise. Italy really grew on me during th weeks of the contest.

  4. As I’ve already mentioned before, ITA 16 provided the best 2016 package of a song in technical terms of BOTH composition AND lyrics, a great balance of freshness and quality in the pop genre. Pity for the underwhelming LIVE :(
    Ukraine is almost equally good in composition but nowhere near when it comes to the lyrics’ department.
    However Jamala gave one of the two most STUNNING performances this year, the other one being Iveta’s.
    Georgia had the most brilliant gimmick and Latvia the most effective backdrop.
    Overall a pretty diverse year when it comes to winners (hopefully :P)

  5. Ugh…I would take any of the other 4. First bad result for the Frida’s this year imo.

  6. Italy was my second favorite and it’s indeed a nice winner.I did vote for Ukraine though which i learnt to appreciate more over time lyric-wise.The straight-forward and even in-your-face lyrics of the song serve their intended purpose perfectly.”1944″ is a cry against the horrors of war,a pray for peace,a longing for the joys and the everyday life of common people that the war takes away,a reminder of our mortality.

  7. Probably well deserved, but I’d say my personal taste in song lyrics usually go in a different direction, and unfortunately it is not really represented in ESC this year.

  8. YES! Wonderful I really loved the lyrics of this song <3

  9. Nice winner and expected I think.

  10. Well deserved too … but alas, it was a bad year for lyrics.

  11. My top-5 lyrics this year:

    1. Italy
    2. Croatia
    3. France
    4. Estonia
    5. Serbia

    • And not Hungary?I love the lyrics of “Pioneer”.

      • I love some of “Pioneer”‘s lyrics that I find poignant like “In a world where the poems sound fake” or “When there ain’t no products to sell”, however I think that the whole “embrace your uniqueness” thing has been overdone so much in pop music that it has become some sort of meaningless mantra.

        Of course Freddie still gets my Best Male Voice award of 2016 (it’s not even a contest, how often do we come across a voice like this) and Best Male Looks :)

  12. Another good choice. Congrats!

  13. The last time we hade some really great lyrics in ESC imo was with France in 2013. I get the impression that not many songwriters care about lyrics nowadays but only view them as some filler for the song, so that the artist won’t just stand there singing la la la or something similiar.

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