Adele, Bruno Mars, Black Eyed Peas Among Nominees for Germany's Echo Awards
Adele, Bruno Mars, Black Eyed Peas Among Nominees for Germany's Echo Awards
Israel Iz Kamakawiwo
The late-Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole who is nominated for a Hit Song of the Year ECHO award for his version of "Over the Rainbow."

The contrast among the nominees for Germany's 20th annual ECHO awards is rather impressive; this year's just-announced nominees include the Tyrolian "Volksmusik" group Kastelruther Spatzen, the late Hawaiian ukulele player and singer Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole and British pop juggernaut Adele.

The ECHO awards honor the best German and international artists of the year in 25 different categories (full list below). The event is sponsored by the German Phonographic Academy, the cultural arm of the German Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI), and will take place on March 24 at the Berlin Fairgrounds.

This year's leading ECHO prize contenders include: the German language pop group Unheilig with six nominations; Lena, the 19-year-old winner of 2010's European Song Contest, who has five nominations; and German female MOR singers Helene Fischer and Andrea Berg who received three nods.

Seven acts each got two nominations: German rock-veteran Peter Maffay, German pop duo Ich+Ich, successful international violinist David Garrett, British group Hurts, U.K. singer Amy MacDonald, South African singer Velile und posthum, and the late-Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole.

"Hit Song of the Year" nominations went to Lena's "Satellite," Kamakawiwo'ole's "Over The Rainbow," Shakira feat. Freshlyground with "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)", the German pop group Unheilig with "Geboren um zu Leben" and the Australian dance group Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup with "We No Speak Americano."

German artists this year rose to over 50 percent of the musicians listed on the German album charts including seven of the top ten. Frank Briegmann, President of Universal Music Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Deutsche Grammophon in Berlin, told Billboard.biz that, "There is and always will be great international artists with wonderful albums. But it is also true that the share of national repertoire has been widening steadily over the last five years."

Unheilig -- Geboren um zu leben - MyVideo

The nominees for the brass and bronze ECHO trophy this year are nearly identical to the top chart acts. Gerd Gebhardt, executive producer for the award show, said that he didn't want, "an elitist group to decide the awards instead of consumers who love the music so much that they pay money for it in the stores." Also helping to award the prize is a jury of nearly 400 members of the the German music industry who Gebhardt says, "make the final results even more thrilling."

Among the acts slated to perform at the ECHO awards show are American chart-toppers Bruno Mars and Adele as well as Take That and German artists Herbert Grönemeyer and Lena.

Take That said about the awards in an exclusive band-statement for Billboard that they are, "truly exited to perform our brand new single "Kids" live at the ECHO awards in Berlin. We just wanted to say happy birthday to ECHO at 20 years, which is actually i the same age as Take That because we are now 20-years-old as well. We formed in 1990 so it's our birthday round about now."

Bruno Mars said about the awards in a statement, "I won a trophy for the 'Soul Train Awards' in America and it's on top of my piano, and that where I like to put the ECHO."

German public TV station ARD will be broadcast the show live from Berlin on March 24 at 8.15 p.m.

FULL LIST OF ECHO NOMINEES:

Category 1: Album of the Year

Andrea Berg - Schwerelos

Helene Fischer - Best Of Lena - My Cassette Player

Amy Macdonald - A Curious Thing

Unheilig - Große Freiheit

Category 2: Male Artist National Rock/Pop

David Garrett - Rock Symphonies

Peter Maffay - Tattoos

Reinhard Mey - Mairegen

Philipp Poisel - Bis nach Toulouse

Schiller - Atemlos

Category 3: Male Artist International Rock/Pop

Phil Collins - Going Back

David Guetta - One Love

Michael Jackson - Michael

Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole - Facing Future

Robbie Williams - In And Out Of Consciousness

Category 4: Female Artist National Rock/Pop

Sarah Connor - Real Love

Lena - My Cassette Player

Ina Müller - Das wär dein Lied gewesen

Nena - Nena - Best of Nena

Velile - Tales From Africa

Category 5: Male Artist International Rock/Pop

Adele - 21

Amy Macdonald - A Curious Thing

Katy Perry - Teenage Dream

Pink - Greatest Hits…So Far!!!

Rihanna - Loud

Category 6: Group National Rock/Pop

Adoro - Glück

Die Atzen - Frauenarzt und Manny Marc präsentieren Atzen Musik Vol. 2

Die Fantastischen Vier - Für dich immer noch Fanta Sie

Ich+Ich - Gute Reise

Silly - Alles Rot

Category 7: Group International Rock/Pop

Black Eyed Peas - The Beginning

Bon Jovi - Greatest Hits

Hurts - Happiness

Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown

Take That - Progress

Category 8: Male Artist/Female Artist/Group German Language MOR

Andrea Berg - Schwerelos

Helene Fischer - Best Of

Die Flippers - Es war eine wunderschöne Zeit

Matthias Reim - Sieben Leben

Semino Rossi - Die Liebe bleibt

Category 9: Artist/Group Volkstümliche Musik

Amigos - Weißt du, was du for mich bist

Die Großen 3 der Volksmusik - Ein Wiedersehen zum Abschied

Hansi Hinterseer - Ich hab dich einfach lieb

Kastelruther Spatzen - Immer noch…wie am ersten Tag

Klostertaler - Das große Finale

Category 10: Artist/Group Hip Hop/Urban

Bushido - Zeiten ändern dich

Culcha Candela - Das Beste

Eminem - Recovery

Gentleman - Diversity

Sido - Sido MTV Unplugged live aus'm Mv

Category 11: Group Rock/Alternative National

Beatsteaks - Boombox

Blind Guardian - At The Edge Of Time

Frei.Wild - Gegengift

Scorpions - Sting In The Tail

Unheilig - Große Freiheit

Category 12: Group Rock/Alternative International

30 Seconds to Mars - This Is War

Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier

Linkin Park - A Thousand Suns

Mando Diao - MTV Unplugged - Above And Beyond

Volbeat - Beyond Hell/Above Heaven

Category 13: Most Successful Newcomer of the Year National

Paul Kalkbrenner - Berlin Calling

Lena - My Cassette Player

Luxuslärm - So laut ich kann

Freddy Sahin-Scholl - Carpe Diem

Velile - Tales From Africa

Category 14: Most Successful Newcomer of the Year International

Hurts - Happiness

Katherine Jenkins - Believe

Ke$ha - Animal

Bruno Mars - Doo-Wops & Hooligans

Zaz - Zaz

Category 15: Hit of the Year

Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole - Over The Rainbow

Lena - Satellite

Shakira feat. Freshlyground - Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)

Unheilig - Geboren um zu leben

Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup - We No Speak Americano

Category 16: Most Successful National Act Abroad
Has not been announced yet

Category 17: Most Successful DVD-Production National

Andrea Berg - Schwerelos

Helene Fischer - Best Of

David Garrett - Rock Symphonies - Open Air Live

Peter Maffay - Tattoos

Unheilig - Große Freiheit

Category 18: Most Successful Live-Act National
Has not been announced yet

Category 19: Best video national

Bakkushan - Baby, Du siehst gut aus

Marteria feat. Yaska - Verstrahlt

Monrose - Like A Lady

Rammstein - Ich tu dir weh

Unheilig - Geboren um zu leben

Category 20: Radio-ECHO

Ich+Ich - Universum

Lena - Satellite

Revolverheld - Spinner

Silbermond - Krieger des Lichts

Unheilig - Geboren um zu leben

Category 21: Media Partner of the Year
Has not been announced yet

Category 22: Retailer of the Year
Has not been announced yet

Category 23: Producer/Producer Team of the Year

Olaf Opal for Juli, Madsen, Christina Stürmer, Fotos

"Satellite"-Team (André Brix Buchmann, Ingo Politz, Bernd Wendlandt for Valicon and John Gordon und Stefan Raab) for "Satellite"

Moses Schneider for Tocotronic, Dendemann

Unheilig-Team (Henning Verlage, Der Graf, Kiko Masbaum) for "Große Freiheit"

Valicon for Lena, Silly

Category 24: Lifetime Achievement
Has not been announced yet

Category 25: Critic's Prize National

Fritz Kalkbrenner - Here Today Gone Tomorrow

Pantha du Prince - Black Noise

Christiane Rösinger - Songs Of L. And Hate

Kristof Schreuf - Bourgeois With Guitar

Tocotronic - Schall und Wahn

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