Tenth MIA’s: the feast of Bazart

The lord of Bazart were Thursday night, as expected, the largest slokoppen on the tenth edition of the Music Industry Awards (MIA’s).


With awards for Best Pop, Best Breakthrough, best Group, Best Dutch Hit of the year (“Gold”) silver-plated big favorite Bazart five of his seven nominations. The MIA for the best Dutch-language act was given away by prince Laurent of belgium, that the band is equally confused with the Brussels-based temple of the arts ‘Bozart’. “Vive le roi, merci!”, responded frontman Mathieu Terryn.

The Sixth Metal won a MIA for Best Album with ‘Calais’, frontman Wannes Capelle also won the sectoraward for Best Author/Composer. And there was the West-Flemish are very happy with it. “We are already four years in a row nominated, we already have very often seen how people MIA’s can come and pick it up, and now we have it yourself. Thank you for this”, it sounded satisfied.

Youngest MIA-winner ever

Stan Van Samang won a MIA for Best Solo Man. The barely 17-year-old pop singer Emma Bale was in 2016 the best Solo Woman, and is the youngest MIA-winner ever. That she could have no grasp: “I have already 180 times said today, but I still can’t believe it. It really is unreal,” sounded the end of the award show, which this year are in good jobs, led by Bart Peeters. The very young DJ Felix De Laet of Lost Frequencies clinched the award for Best Dance road. Best Alternative was for Black Box Revelation, the award in the category of Flemish was Popular for singer/presenter Niels Destadsbader.

Also, festival and concert promoter Herman Schueremans was put in the flowers. He got a special Sector Lifetime Achievement Award from the hands of minister of Culture Sven Gatz. The Lifetime Achievement Award by the organizers is, was this year posthumously to the recently deceased jazz musician Toots Thielemans, what with the audience, a standing ovation was received.

Flemish music professionals

In a limited number of categories, the prizes will be distributed by a jury of Flemish music professionals. The sector-MIA for the Best Live Act went to Goose, the Best Musician was the drummer Lander Gyselinck. The Compact Disc Dummies won the award for Best Video for their single “Silver”. Jazz singer Melanie De Biasio was finally the prize for Best Artwork, for the cover of her new album ‘Blackened Cities’.

Between the distribution by the audience could enjoy performances of, among others, Netsky, Tourist LeMC, Emma Bale, Bazart and The Sixth Metal.

The Music Industry Awards are the most important Flemish music awards. The nominees are pre-determined by a wide mediajury. Journalists of both popular and specialized magazines, newspapers, radio and tv indicate their favorite candidates. Then, the wide public online vote.

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