Best Entry 2016: and the Frida goes to…

FridaEurovision Times Awards 2016 – This is it! The grand prize for the “Eurovision Times Awards”  2016 will finally be awarded and conclude this year’s Fridas! After a week in this category, it’s time to announce the winner and hand out the Frida. So who will win?


Result Awards

Best Entry

The eight entries nominated were:


This is its 7th nomination; it finished 2nd in Eurovision with 511pts


This is its 5th nomination; it finished 6th in Eurovision with 257pts; it won TEKO


This is its 6th nomination; it finished 20th in Eurovision with 104pts


This is its 6th nomination; it finished 16th in Eurovision with 124pts, TEKO runner-up


This is its 7th nomination; it finished 15th in Eurovision with 132pts


This is its 5th nomination; it finished 3rd in Eurovision with 491pts


This is its 6th nomination; it finished 5th in Eurovision with 261pts


This is its 10th nomination; it finished 1st in Eurovision with 534pts, TEKO 3rd

And the Frida goes to…


ET Awards1944” was performed by Jamala. Representing Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, it was written and composed by Jamala herself. It won with 534 points. Nominated a record of ten times overall in ET Awards 2016 (the same as the Common Linnets in 2014 and Loïc Nottet in 2015), “Best Entry” is its sixth so far! Congratulations!

You can click here to look at the full recommendations and nominations from last week’s article! There were 38 recommendations for 13 countries in the first round and 128 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:



33 comments on “Best Entry 2016: and the Frida goes to…

  1. Tomorrow I’ll post all results, with a few awards, if not the majority, in less than 10 votes difference, including one that went to only 1 vote!

    Also, we’ll open Gregor’s game with an article to promote it!

    And then… ETSC!

  2. Hooray! Even though no surprise, I’m totally happy. First time me and the rest of the Frida jury agreed in this category. :)

    • well, in all years best top 5 won best entry and there was a rather clear favorite! if we exclude the 2013 surprise, there has been a clear favorite every year, and 2015 and 2016 are very similar results, with belgium and ukraine getting a frida in every category!

      • Yes, sometimes it’s a bit pity with these runaway victories. It’s as if people were more or less just voting for their favourite song in each category. And even if I personally think that Ukraine was definitely the best this year, there were still categories where some stronger alternatives showed up, like Best lyrics f.e.

    • Eh, wait a minute. Who won in 2014? The Common Linnets? Well, then it’s the second time, lol.

  3. Makes sense !
    I am very excited for ETSC now <3

    • So am I. Going to try a this time a bit more commercial and listener friendly approach this time. Going after Finland this time. Hope there isn’t anyone who is always doing Finland. Got perfect hipster indie summer hit 😃

      • Great to see u there too ! Let’s hit a record number of 45+ countries. I believe Finland is yours, but you should definitely have a back up country in case you re not quick enough to claim Finland. I will be (hopefully) picking a country from the same block :P

  4. Off-Topic: Looks like the UK will reach the 400 000 unique visitors threshold anytime!

  5. So it seems Ukraine didn’t beat Belgium’s 7 awards from last year :P

  6. Great result! <3

  7. Congratulations Ukraine.

  8. Well, what can I say. There are at least two sides of it.

    From a solely musical point of view: well deserved. The music contained much more emotion than most of the other songs, and it sounded heartfelt; especially knowing what she was singing about. At the same time she gave one of the most intense performances.

    With the lyrics it gets a bit more complicated. Aesthetically I have never been impressed by them, but then there is the actual topic. One side of it is the fact that the song is a cry for humanity and peace against violence, and that of course is sympathetic enough to sing about.

    Then there is the other side of the lyrics: she is singing about something which is a source to political and military conflicts between some of the participating countries (in this case Ukraine and Russia), and from that point of view it is more problematic. Indeed art should be capable of dealing with political issues – I sometimes write political songs too.

    But Eurovision is a contest consisting of nations who may have issues with each other, and to keep it a peaceful, it should be focusing on the things that keeps us together rather than the things that tear us apart. Unfortunately “1944” can be seen as doing the latter, and its win can be seen as pointing fingers at another country.

    • That is of course not to say that the violent deportation of a whole population in 1944 is OK. Of course it is not, but is Eurovision the right place to bring it up?

    • Well I mean I think that the song speaks for the general abuse of power in leadership and not only Russias (obviosly the timing of the song is in no doubt connected to recent events). But should this song be in Eurovision? Idk I mean in the songs core its a protest towards higher powers in our society, but the message is in the end more about wanting peace imo, but yeah as you say its an interpretation :P

      For now doh im happy that the song won. Its a huge leap for the musicality of the contest imo, but hopefully not for more political songs. So we will see what approach artists and writers take next year in Ukraine I guess

    • … And in the light of the way things went here in 2017 before the actual contest, this is even more true.

      Fortunately “Amar pelos dois” is not a song that divides. Except of course if one doesn’t like the song for musical or aesthetic reasons, but that is fair enough. And it is not a source to political disputes :-)

  9. Congratulations Ukraine! A well deserved win, for me it almost tied with Latvia for my #1 this year. It’s also among my alltime favourite ESC winners!

  10. Thank you Morgan as always for a brilliantly run Frida’s Awards!

    Looking forward to ETSC!

  11. Congratulations Ukraine! :D Hopefully you guys will tune in for my little ranking contest before ETSC ;)

  12. Obviously! (happy emoji) Thank you, Morgan, for all your work.

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