February 16, 2005
Israeli Music Awards, 2005
It might not have rivaled Sunday night's glamorous Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, but Israel's music industry got as glitzy as possible on Monday night with local music station, Channel 24's, first video music awards ceremony.
The star-studded event, which saw musicians sporting everything from comfy jeans to revealing dresses, was attended by anyone who's anyone in the industry, though the prize winners at the televised ceremony were hardly surprising.
Ehud Banai seemed to be the star of the evening, taking home three newly-designed Channel 24 award trophies fashioned in the shape of a hammer. Banai won the top prize in the singer of the year category, album of the year for Aneh Li (Answer Me) and lyricist of the year.
Sultry singer Arkadi Duchin won song of the year for his hit "Mi Ohev Otach Yoter Mimeni," beating out such favorites as Shalom Hanoch, Micah Karni, Amir Benayoun, Gilad Segev and Hadag Nahash, which was nominated for the "Sticker Song." Duchin, who also won composer of the year, dedicated his award to Micha Sheetrit, who wrote the words to the winning song.
Jerusalem funk/rap band Hadag Nahash was later rewarded for its catchy "Sticker Song," penned by author David Grossman. The band won band of the year and video clip of the year for that piece.
The female singer of the year award went to Maya Buskila, who also won break-out artist of the year.
Veteran artists of Mashina were awarded for their live concert DVD, and Channel 24's first Lifetime Achievement Award went to Shmulik Kraus.
Though the awards ceremony overall did not shine as brightly as Sunday's Grammys in Los Angeles, it's been a bumper year for Israeli song, and the success of the two-year-old Israeli music channel proves it.
- Jerusalem Post Staff
Posted by yudel at February 16, 2005 10:11 PM