Host Uri Gottlieb stole the show at The Israel Association of Composers, Authors
and Publishers of Musical Works (ACUM) awards ceremony Wednesday night with his
comic interludes between the prize givings.
The popular comedian
entertained the audience at the Zionist Organization of America House in Tel
Aviv during a relatively low-key awards ceremony that honored Israeli musicians
Talma Aligon and Meir Goldberg won the Lifetime Achievement
Awards for their contribution to Israeli music over the years. Aligon was close
to tears during a lengthy and emotional acceptance speech after receiving the
award from music legend Yehoram Gaon. Goldberg kept his speech somewhat shorter,
but was also grateful for the recognition by ACUM.
Other notable awards
went to Lona Abu Nasar, the first Arab singer to win the external Aharon Geffen
prize to artists in need of funds to complete their albums.
“I am very
proud that this award in my father’s name is going to an Arab singer for the
first time,” said Geffen’s son Ran as he handed her the award.
was awarded the prize for breakthrough artist of the year. Before the ceremony
at a reception with the winners, she told The Jerusalem Post
that it was a big
honor to be recognized for all her hard work over the years. She spoke about her
ambitious plans for the coming year, including a new album and performances in
The evening began with a tribute to Shmulik Kraus, who died
earlier this month, with an emotional rendition of his classic hit “After 20
years” with the lyrics appearing on a large screen, while photos of the iconic
musician appeared in the background.
Amir Banyon performed a rendition of
“You,” which won the Moshe Levinsky Prize for song of the year, while Dudu
Aharon, who also collected an award for composer of the year, performed a slow
Mizrahi number. Shiri Maimon, who was heavily pregnant, also performed on
stage.LIST OF WINNERS: Lifetime Achievement Awards:
Talma Aligon and
Meir Goldberg Moshe Levinsky Prize for Song of the Year:
“You” performed by
Yishai Levi, lyrics and composition by Amir Banyon, arrangement by Ya’acov Lamay
Composer of the Year:
Shlomo Artzi Dudu Aharon Tomer Hadadi Writer of the Year:
Yoav Ginay Arranger of the Year:
Balkan Beat Box Breakthrough Artist:
Aharon Geffen Prize:
Lona Abu Nasar Original audio visual soundtrack for
Ofra and Idan Anav for “Songs and Signs Project” Hasidic music
Yishai Lapidot Most-played foreign-language song:
“Somebody that I
used to know,” by Gotye featuring Kimbra Directorate special prize:
Caesar Directorate producer prize:
Alex Weiss Martin Moskowitz
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