Singer-songwriter Milow was the big winner at the 2009 Music Industry Awards (MIAs) ceremony in Lint, Belgium. He received five awards, including the most downloaded artist award handed out by Belgian charts organization Ultratop.

The MIA ceremony, the follow up to the ZAMU awards, was first organized in 2008 and aims to highlight the achievements of the whole of the music industry in Flanders. This year's event included 17 awards in a wide variety of disciplines. Eleven were voted by the public, five by music industry professionals and one was decided by the Ultratop charts company.

The show was staged at the Eurocam Media Center on Feb. 6 and broadcast live on the Flemish national broadcaster Eén, with acts including Clouseau, Milk Inc, Kate Ryan and Milow performing.

With awards for best pop act, best male solo artist and most downloaded artist (based on sales), as well as for best video and best song (both for "Ayo Technology"issued by Homerun/Munich records), Milow became the major winner at the MIA awards.

In Belgium his "Coming Of Age" (Homerun/Munich Records) was a number one album, while the 50 Cent cover "Ayo Technology" topped the singles chart. He will be playing several dates in the U.S. in March, including the SXSW festival in Austin.

Deus was named best rock/alternative band and received the best album award at the MIA ceremony for "Vantage Point," while Clouseau won for best live act and best group.

Coinciding with the Music Industry Awards ceremony, the Flemish music industry, represented by trade body Muziekcentrum Vlaanderen, presented a manifest to the Flemish government. The document was prepared by the whole of the industry and its 17 organizations.

"Under the banner 'Music is Life,' the manifest indicates a number of issues we want to put to the Flemish government," said Stef Coninx, director of the Muziekcentrum Vlaanderen. "In addition to offering opportunities for upcoming talent, the plan also advocates the protection of local repertoire, adequate infrastructure for concerts and a more international approach for domestic music. In Flanders, the music industry and cultural sector employ more people than the car industry, and still has growth potential."

The manifest was presented at a Feb. 6 hearing in the Flemish Parliament and met with a positive response with the political parties.

MIA Awards winners

Dance Act
Milk Inc (Universal)

Group
Clouseau (EMI Music)

Live Act
Clouseau

Dutch Language Artist
Bart Peeters (EMI)

Pop Act
Milow

Popular Music
Nicole & Hugo (Magic/EMI)

Rock/Alternative Act
Deus (Universal)

Solo Male
Milow (Homerun/Munich)

Solo Female
Lady Linn (V2)

Song
"Ayo Technology" - Milow (Homerun/Munich)

Video
"Ayo Technology" - Milow (Homerun/Munich)

Album
"Vantage Point" - Deus (Universal)

Artwork
Roland - "Never Enough" (EMI)

Author/Composer
Joost Zwegers, Novastar (EMI)

Breakthrough
Black Box Revelation (T for Tunes/PIAS)

Musician
Jef Neve (Emarcy/Universal)

Most Downloaded Artist
Milow (Homerun/Munich)