Dima Bilan, Vera Brezhneva Big Winners at Russia's Muz-TV Awards.
Dima Bilan, Vera Brezhneva Big Winners at Russia's Muz-TV Awards.

MOSCOW -- Russian singer Dima Bilan won best male singer award at the Muz TV music awards, held in Moscow this past weekend (June 3) at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow. Vera Brezhneva, a former member of the girl band VIA Gra won best female singer.

The Muz-TV music awards, which were launched in 2003 to honnor the year's best popular music, is one of Russia's main music prizes. A panel of experts chose the nominees with the winners decided by audience vote.

Dima Bilan was also the winner of 2008's Eurovision Song Contest and picked up the best male singer award for the fourth time and the second time in a row. Actress Sharon Stone inexplicably presented Bilan with his award (see video above).

In the best rock band nomination, Mumiy Troll were able to come ahead of Zveri, who won in that nomination for six years in a row, from 2004 to 2009.

Pop singer Slava collected the award for the best song, and Sergei Lazarev's album "Electric Touch" won in the best album category.

Guf was awarded as the best hip hop act and A'Studio as the best pop band.

In the best emerging artist category, popular TV personality Alexander Revva, who recently launched a music career under the name Artur Pirozhkov, was announced to be the winner.
Veteran singer Iosif Kobzon collected a lifetime achievement "for the contribution to the Russian music industry."

The award ceremony featured the performances by the German teenage band Tokio Hotel and
domestic rock singer Zemfira.

The Russian music television channel is MTV Russia's main competitor.