In 2019, there are 22 Red Bull Elektropedia Awards categories: Artist of the Year, Best Album, Best EP, Best Song, Best Remix, Best Producer, Best Live Act, Fresh on the Scene, Most Promising Artist, Best Label, Best Video, Best Electronic Music Event, Best Electronic Music Event (Middleweight), Best Electronic Music Event (Heavyweight), Breakthrough Club/Festival/Party, Best Music Photographer, Best Media, Marc Meulemans Award, Chase Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Belgian Club Top 30 and Belgian DJ Top 100.
There are a few changes from 2018:
- Best EP has been added to the pack
- Best Radio has been dropped – radio shows now fall under Best Media
- Breakthrough Artist has been replaced by Fresh on the Scene
- Best Nightlife Photographer has been replaced by Best Music Photographer
- Best Party, Best (Really Big Party) and Best Festival have been replaced by Best Electronic Music Event, Best Electronic Music Event (Middleweight) and Best Electronic Music Event (Heavyweight)
Some side notes:
- The 2019 Red Bull Elektropedia Awards cover everything that took place between October 1, 2018 and October 15, 2019, or that was released between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019.
- Nominations were decided upon by a professional music jury (Artist of the Year, Best Album, Best Song, Best Remix, Best Producer, Best Live Act, Best Label, Best Media, Fresh on the Scene), a professional event jury (Artist of the Year, Best Electronic Music Event, Best Electronic Music Event (Middleweight) and Best Electronic Music Event (Heavyweight), Breakthrough Club/Festival/Party), a professional video jury (Best Video), a professional photography jury (Best Music Photographer) and a professional design jury (Marc Meulemans Award). Winners are decided upon by both the public and the respective juries.
- Red Bull Elektropedia decided on the Most Promising Artists and Lifetime Achievement Awards (presented to individuals in recognition of their significant contribution to the Belgian electronic music and/or club scene).
All past Red Bull Elektropedia Lifetime Achievement Awards winners (in alphabetic order): Rudy Victor Ackaert (Teknoville, 10 Days Off, Culture Club), Daniel B. (Front 242), Mo Becha (The Glimmers), Dirk Bergen (Front 242), CJ Bolland, Marnik Braeckevelt (Bonzai), André Brasseur, Patrick Breugelmans (Pukkelpop), Leo Bruynoghe (Kozzmozz), Jean-Marie Cannie (Fruity Loops), Patrick Codenys (Front 242), Thierry Coppens (Fuse, La Demence), Dirk Da Davo (The Neon Judgement), Philip De Liser (10 Days Off, Petrol), Jean-Luc De Meyer (Front 242), Carl de Moncharline (Who’s Who’s Land, The Wood), Geert Deblaere (N.E.W.S), Peter Decuypere (Fifty-Five, Fuse, I Love Techno), Yves Deruyter, David Dewaele (Soulwax, 2ManyDJs), Stephen Dewaele (Soulwax, 2ManyDJs), Bernard Dobbeleer (Radio 21), Damien Dufrasne (Dour), Maurice Engelen (Antler-Subway, Lords of Acid, Praga Khan), Fly (Bonzai), David Fouquaert (The Glimmers), TB Frank (The Neon Judgement), Kenny Gates (PIAS), Herman Gillis (Sherman Filterbank), Richard Jonckheere (Front 242), Mathias Kerckhof (Kozzmozz), Dan Lacksman (Telex), Michel Lambot (Pias), Sabine Maes (R&S), Chokri Mahassine (Pukkelpop), Marc Meulemans, Michel Moers (Telex), Marc Moulin (Telex), José Pascual (USA Import), Marie Peremans (Pukkelpop), Eric Rozen (Out Soon), Christiane Sluyter (Pukkelpop), Yves Smolders (Versuz), Eric Smout (10 Days Off), Hessel Tieter (N.E.W.S), Luc Van Acker (Arbeid Adelt!), Frank Van Biesen (FruityLoops), Jan Van Biesen (Studio Brussel), Lieven Van den Broeck (N.E.W.S), Stefaan Vandenberghe (T-Quest, Dr. Lektroluv, N.E.W.S.), Renaat Vandepapeliere (R&S), Frederic Vanmol (Fruity Loops), Jan Vanneste (N.E.W.S), Jan Vanroelen (Arbeid Adelt!), Marcel Vanthilt (Arbeid Adelt!), Frie Verhelst (USA Import)
A category rundown:
- BEST SONG: A song is eligible in this category if it is an itty-bitty electronic and at least one of the composers is Belgian.
- BEST REMIX: It’s about the remix, stupid – not about the original song. So, basically, when a song is written by a French artist but the remix is produced by a Belgian artist, the remix is eligible. A song by a Belgian artist remixed by a French artist is not eligible.
- BEST ALBUM: Any Belgian release that contains a minimum of seven songs is eligible for this category, regardless of whether it’s officially called an album, mixtape or compilation.
- BEST EP: Any Belgian release that contains three to six songs is eligible for this category.
- ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Any Belgian musician, producer or band that has made at least one song, remix, EP or album, or has performed live at least once, is eligible for this category.
- BEST PRODUCER: Any Belgian producer who has produced at least one song or remix is eligible for this category.
- FRESH ON THE SCENE: Any Belgian artist, producer, DJ or MC who has seen his/her reputation grow significantly over the course of the past twelve months (and has not been nominated in any category in the past) is eligible for this category.
- MOST PROMISING ARTIST: Every year, Red Bull Elektropedia selects three upcoming artists who, we believe, show a lot of promise.
- BEST LIVE ACT: Any Belgian artist who has played live at a noteworthy venue is eligible for this category.
- BEST ELECTRONIC MUSIC EVENT: Any (partly) electronic music event – limited capacity – that took place at least once over the course of the past twelve months.
- BEST ELECTRONIC MUSIC EVENT (MIDDLEWEIGHT): Any (partly) electronic music event – sizeable capacity – that took place at least once over the course of the past twelve months.
- BEST ELECTRONIC MUSIC EVENT (HEAVYWEIGHT): Any (partly) electronic music event – arena capacity, or over – that took place at least once over the course of the past twelve months.
- BREAKTHROUGH PARTY/FESTIVAL/CLUB: Any (partly) new electronic music festival, party or club that has seen its reputation grow significantly over the course of the past twelve months (and has not been nominated in any category in the past) is eligible for this category.
- BEST MEDIA: Any Belgian radio/TV show, radio/TV station, podcast, newspaper, magazine, website, blog, etc. partly dedicated to nightlife and/or electronic music is eligible for this category.
- BEST LABEL: For a label to be eligible, it must be owned by a Belgian party and must have released at least one track by a Belgian producer or artist over the course of the past twelve months.
- BEST VIDEO: Any video produced for a Belgian artist, DJ, club, party or festival is eligible for this category.
- BEST MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHER: Any Belgian photographer who took pictures at a music event (festival, concert, party, etc.) over the course of the past twelve months is eligible for this category.
- MARC MEULEMANS AWARD: This category awards the best in nightlife and/or electronic music (graphic) design. The award is named after the legendary Belgian graphic designer Marc Meulemans.
- CHASE AWARD: This category awards the best up-and-coming artist in hip hop, soul and/or R&B. Nominations are decided upon by a special jury – appointed by the online music platform Chase.
- BELGIAN DJ TOP 100: Anyone who has spun records (or MP3s) at a noteworthy party is eligible for this category.
- BELGIAN CLUB TOP 30: Any (partly) electronic music venue, which has been open four consecutive weeks over the course of the past twelve months, can be considered a club.
- STEP 1: Every year, Red Bull Elektropedia handpicks five different juries of industry professionals. One for the music categories (Artist of the Year, Best Album, Best EP, Best Song, Best Remix, Best Producer, Best Live Act, Best Label, Best Media, Fresh on the Scene), one for the event categories (Best Electronic Music Event, Best Electronic Music Event (Middleweight), Best Electronic Music Event (Heavyweight), Breakthrough Club/Festival/Party), one for Best Video, one for Best Music Photographer and one for the Marc Meulemans Award.
- STEP 2: Throughout the year, jury members are invited to rate all eligible songs, remixes, EPs, albums, parties, festivals, videos, artwork, etc. on a scale of 1 to 100. This results in a top twenty per category. The first seven to ten songs, albums, festivals, parties, videos, etc. on top of the lists are automatically nominated.
- STEP 3: On October 26, 2019, the music and event juries come together to debate on the remaining nominations in each category, and to decide on the Artist of the Year and Fresh on the Scene nominations.
- STEP 4: From October 29 until November 4, 2019, everyone – including you – is able to vote for his two favourites in as many categories as he prefers. (We feel that asking people to pick two favourites makes for a more balanced result.) The public vote will account for 50% of the final result. Votes from the respective juries will account for the other 50%.
- STEP 5: On November 13, 2019, the winners in each category are announced during a ceremony at Flagey in Brussels.
Astrid De Sterck, Benedicte Deprez, Elmo Lê van, Eppo Janssen, Ben Van Alboom, Sasha Van Der Speeten, Laetitia Van Hove, Wouter Vanhaelemeesch, Helena Verheye
Marianne Cattoir, Sim Codde, Lisa Derycke, Noena Eze, Jean-Christophe Gobbe, Rrita Jashari, Simon Laval, Jonas Lion, Lennert Luypaert, Mathijs Maes, Yves Massignani, Alyah Rivière, Lomme Valkeneers, Cas Van Heukelom, Gilke Vanuytsel
Robin Broos, Rik De Bruycker, Louisiana Mees, Djanlissa Pringels, Jozefien Wouters, Maja Ajmia Yde Zellama
Marc Meulemans Jury
Ilke Cop, Amira Daoudi, Jasmin Mazarine, Herlinde Raeman, Sofie Van Hyfte, Bjørn Van Poucke
Melissa Awouters, Tim Dalle, Fatima Elajmi, Khalid Errami, Noena Eze, Mountassir Khammal, Marie-Gabrielle Lefebvre, Lefto, Barry Maertens, Yaell Monas, Binete Seck, Denis Seebarrun, Robin Tulkens, Jules Thys, Martin Vachiery, Willem Vandesande, Gilles Vanesse, Tim Vanhaecke, Aäron Vanmaele, Jef Willem