The 12th edition of Belgium's Zamu Music Awards held in Brussels Feb. 15 celebrated alternative rock band Stash and Flemish singer Raymond van het Groenewoud.
The 12th edition of Belgium's Zamu Music Awards, held Feb. 15 in Brussels, celebrated alternative rock band Stash and Flemish singer Raymond van het Groenewoud.
Stash's "Sadness" (Petrol/EMI) won in the best single and best videoclip categories. The single, taken from the band's yet-to-be-released third album, has sold 16,000 units to date, according to the label.
Van het Groenewoud was awarded the lifetime achievement award for his contribution to local music. Born in 1950, he took off as a singer in the early 1970s. His latest recording was 2004's "Ballades" for EMI, his label for most of his career.
Other awards were granted to Puerto Rico native Gabriel Rios, who took the Focus Award for best newcomer; singer/guitarist Daan's "Victory" for best album (Lowlands); Mijn Label-signed act Stijn for the dance award; Warner-signed Novastar frontman Joost Zweegers for best singer, and EMI veteran rock band Clouseau for best live act.
The show was recorded by the Flemish public TV network Canvas and will be broadcast Feb. 20.
First staged in 1994, the gala is organized by Flemish music association Zangers en Muzikanten. Most categories are voted on by a jury of music professionals; the public is invited to pick the best single/song of the year. This year, more than 10,000 public votes were registered.