Veteran Artists Metallica, Sia, Udo Lindenberg Win Big at Germany's ECHO Awards

by VVN Music

The ECHO Awards were given out Thursday night at Messe Berlin in Berlin, Germany with a number of veteran artists taking home prizes.

Udo Lindenberg, the 70-year-old German drummer and rock artist, took Album of the Year and Artist Pop National for his Stärker als die Zeit while Andrea Berg, 51, took German-Language album for Seelenbeben and actor/musician Marius Müller-Westernhagen, 58, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.

On the international front, Sia was named International Female Artist for This is Acting and Metallica took International Group for Hardwired...to Self Destruct.

Performances during the show came from Die Toten Hosen; Udo Lindenberg with Wolfgang Niedecken, Johannes Oerding, Henning Wehland and Daniel Wirtz; Linkin Park and Kiiara; Rag'N'Bone Man; Beginner with Gentleman und Gzuz; Adel Tawil, KC Rebell and Summer Cem; and Beth Ditto.

The winners:
  • Album of the year - Stärker als die Zeit - Udo Lindenberg
  • Hit of the year - One Dance - Drake feat. WizKid & Kyla
  • Artist pop national - Stärker als die Zeit - Udo Lindenberg
  • Female artist pop national - Ich bin die - Ina Müller
  • Band pop national - Alles Nix Konkretes - AnnenMayKantereit
  • German-language - Seelenbeben - Andrea Berg
  • Folk Music - MTV Unplugged - Andreas Gabalier
  • Hip-Hop/Urban national - Advanced Chemistry - Beginner
  • Dance national - Music Is My Best Friend - Alle Farben
  • Rock national - (sic!) - Broilers
  • Artist international - Human - Rag'n'Bone Man
  • Female Artist international - This Is Acting - Sia
  • Band international - Hardwired...To Self-Destruct - Metallica
  • Newcomer national - Alles Nix Konkretes - AnnenMayKantereitc)
  • Newcomer international - Human - Rag'n'Bone Man
  • Producer national - Herbig/Menzel/Seifert (for Stärker als die Zeit with Udo Lindenberg)
  • Best video national - Bitch - Von Wegen Lisbeth
  • Critics' Award National - Advanced Chemistry - Beginner
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Marius Müller-Westernhagen
  • Partner of the Year - The Pop Academy of Baden-Wuerttemberg
  • Commercial partner of the year - Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus, Music Department
  • Social commitment - Viva con Agua
  • Special prize award - Nordoff/Robbins Music Therapy

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