BERLIN — Teutonic girl group No Angels and Berlin reggae band Seeed were the big winners at Germany’s Echo Awards Thursday night with two awards each.
No Angels, a product of RTL2’s reality show “Popstars,” got the nod for best national rock/pop group and best national single for the hit, “Daylight in Your Eyes.” Polydor managing director Tom Bohne also received a separate prize for his hand in the act’s success.
Seeed won the newcomer prize and the FritzBravo Echo award, presented by local public radio station Fritz and teen magazine Bravo.
Germany’s answer to the Grammys was held at Berlin’s ICC trade fair complex, and the 11th annual event awarded prizes in a total of 25 categories.
European singer Caterina Valente received a standing ovation as she was honored for lifetime achievement.
Prominent no-shows included Robbie Williams and Destiny’s Child, who won in the best international male and best international rock/pop group categories.
German newcomer Sarah Connor and veteran Peter Maffay were named best national female and male.
Five-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys was named best international newcomer, and double Brit award winner Dido won best international female. Enya’s “Only Time” took best international rock/pop single.
Other U.S. artists to win kudos included Detroit hip-hop group D-12 and alternative rock band Linkin Park.
Performers included Sting, Keys, Lenny Kravitz and Alanis Morissette, who was forced to sing “Hands Clean” three times for local web RTL, which was plagued by technical difficulties in its time-delayed recording of the show.
The German music market is the third biggest in the world after the U.S. and Japan.