International Portuguese Music Awards nominees announced
FALL RIVER — The first annual International Portuguese Music Awards are poised to be a great hit and put the Southcoast on the world’s stage.
“It surpassed all of our expectations by 300 to 400 percent, in terms of number, origin and quality of entries,” said Floriano Cabral, the brainchild of the contest. “We received 176 entries from 16 different countries.”
Nominations for the awards were announced Monday. Artists from as far as Romania and Malta were selected by an international panel of judges and will be competing in nine categories, ranging from dance and hip/hop to Música Popular and classical music.
The winners will be announced Feb. 2 at the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford. The event will feature Portuguese-Brazilian Pop sensation Roberto Leal, who has garnered 30 gold records, and other prominent international Portuguese entertainers, including Sarah Pacheco, Nick Pedro, Jorge Ferreira, Eratoxica and Nathalie Pires.
The performances will be broadcast worldwide by RTP International (RTPi) and several other TV and radio stations.
“The event is sold out,” Cabral said.
Two finalists will be competing for the “New Talent” award: composer/singer John Jorge of Connecticut and singer/songwriter Josh Pereira of Fall River.
The “People’s Choice” nominees will be announced on Jan. 27. To vote, visit http://www.internationalportuguesemusicawards.com/peoples-choice/
All winners will be announced at the Zeiterion event.
And the nominees are
“Let’s Make It Happen,” Dimal (Featuring Lyndsay) – MALTA
“Pina Colada,” Piloco – LUXEMBURGO
“Nada a Fazer (Ain’t Nothing New),” Lucy & Bela – CANADÁ
“Até a Noite Parar,” Bryan Wilson & Sebastian Crayn – ROMÉNIA
“Mulher De Mini Saia,” Nelson Rego – EUA
“Canta Meu Amigo,” Chico Ávila – EUA
“Pedaços do Meu Passado,” Jorge Ferreira – EUA
“Como a Portuguesa,” Joey Medeiros – EUA
“Loved and Lost,” Nick Pedro – EUA
“Mais Um Minuto,” Manel dos D’Alma (Featuring Nathalie Pires)- EUA
“Merry-Go-Round,” Michelle Madeira – CANADÁ
“Mais Que Teu Amigo,” Chico Ávila – EUA
“Baby,” Andre Silva – EUA
“Tiro Liro à Minha Maneira (Versão Rap) (Featuring Brian Couto),” Jorge Ferreira – EUA
“Take Me Back,” Steve (S.T.P.) – EUA
“Pale Blue Dot 20Syl Remix feat. Shad,” Mr. J. Medeiros – EUA
“Mi Mancherai,” Jordan Paiva – EUA
“Home,” Chris Costa – EUA
“Minha Avó (Minha Segunda Mãe),” Joey Medeiros – EUA
“Caught In Your Asylym,” Michael Martins – CANADÁ
“Prefiro Estar Só,” Eratoxica – EUA
“Herói do Mar (acoustic),” Xaque – EUA
“Monster,” by ElixirOnMute – EUA
“Learning to Fly,” Manel dos D’Alma – EUA
SONG OF THE YEAR
* “Glass of Wine (Ukoustic),” Michelle Ferreira & Chris Wallitsch interpretação: Michelle Ferreira – EUA
* “Tiro Liro à Minha Maneira (Feat. Brian Couto)(Versão Rap)” Jorge Ferreira – EUA
“Loved and Lost,” Nick Pedro & Ruben Demello Nick Pedro – EUA
* “Prefiro Estar Só,” Jose Ferreira, Eratoxica – EUA
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