The Play – Portuguese Music Awards, which distinguish “the best music consumed in Portugal“, are presented today at a ceremony that will take place at the Coliseum in Lisbon and will be broadcast live on RTP1.
The annual awards are divided into 12 categories: Best Group, Best Fado Album, Best Solo Artist, Vodafone Best Song, Best Album, Best New Artist, Best Music Video, Lusophony Award, Best International Song, Best International Artist, Career Award.
In the first edition of Play, the singer and dancer Blaya is the most nominated, competing in three categories, including Best Solo Artist and Best Song, with “Faz Gostoso“.
In the category Best Solo Artist, in addition to Blaya, are named António Zambujo, Dino D’Santiago and Diogo Piçarra. In the category of Best Song, for which Blaya is also nominated with “Faz Gostoso”, she dominates hip-hop, with ProfJam (“Água de Côco“), Valas (“Roads in Heaven” with Raquel Tavares) and Wet Bed Gang (“Should Go“) also in competition.
The third nomination of Blaya is in the category Best Music Video, with “I Avisei“, to which are still named Boss AC (with “Cupcake“), Pedro Abrunhosa (“Love in time of walls“) and ProfJam.
The Play is an initiative of the association PassMúsica, which represents artists, bands and record companies, in partnership with RTP and Vodafone, and intends to award “the best music consumed in Portugal“, as Paulo Carvalho, one of the prizewinners, in a presentation to journalists in early March.
The Breakthrough Artist award will be contested by Conan Osiris, Papillon, Sara Correia and Selma Uamusse. For the Best Group prize, the Dead Combo, Devil on the Cross, Linda Martini and Wet Bed Gang compete.
In the category Best Fado Album are named “Maria“, by Carminho, “Branco” by Cristina Branco, “Siempre” by Katia Guerreiro, and “Sara Correia” by Sara Correia.
Despite being a fado record, “Mariza“, by Mariza, competes in the category of Best Album, with “Do Avesso” by António Zambujo, “Odeon Hotel” by Dead Combo, and “Mundo Nôbu” by Dino D ‘Santiago.
The Lusofonia Prize is named Angolan C4Pedro (“If I only knew“), the Brazilian Ludmilla (“din din din“), the Angolan Matias Damásio (“Nothing changed“) and the Dutchman, Cape Verdean, Nelson Freitas (“Nubian Queen“).
For international categories – Best Song and Best Artist – are named, respectively: “No tears left to cry” by Ariana Grande, “God’s Plan” by Drake, “All the stars” (with SZA) by Kendrick Lamar, and “In My Blood” by Shawn Mendes; Ariana Grande, Cardi B, Drake and Kendrick Lamar.
The winners of the various categories, with the exception of Best Song, attributed by the public, are chosen by a jury composed of about 100 people from the middle of Portuguese music.
The winner of the Critics’ Prize will be chosen by ten music critics and the Carreira Prize decided by elements of Audiogest, GDA and PassMúsica.