Bambi is synonymous with many things: a frenzy of flashing cameras, an array of famous faces, but most of all longevity. Held on 16 November in Berlin, this year’s ceremony celebrated its 70th birthday.
It's time again: On 16 November 2018, the 70th Bambi award ceremony, Germany’s most important media award, will take place in Berlin’s Theater am Potsdamer Platz.
From Tom Hanks kneeling in front of Sophia Loren to Michael Jackson's love message to the world to the big fan moment when two fans were spontaneously allowed on stage to Justin Bieber - in seven decades of Bambi there was great glamour, international stars and emotional moments. Each year, Hubert Burda Media takes the opportunity to honour outstanding successes, achievements and visions. A glittering gala in Berlin will see awards presented to German and international stars and to everyday heroes previously unknown to the public. Around 1,000 guests from show business, the media, society, politics and the economy will follow the call of the golden deer. Television channel “Das Erste” will broadcast the Bambi ceremony live.
This year, the Bambi award for “German music” goes to pop star Mark Forster. His first single, “Auf dem Weg” (On the way), was released back in 2012. “Au Revoir”, recorded in 2014 with rapper Sido, went three times platinum. In 2016, Forster had more chart success than any other German-language artist. Mark Forster has also been a judge and coach on the TV shows “The Voice Kids” and “The Voice of Germany” since 2015. He will perform “Einmal” (Once), a song from his new album “Liebe” (Love), at the Bambi 2018 ceremony.
“Mark Forster combines the best of two worlds, blending the urgency of rap with melodious pop to create songs you can’t get out of your head. Hits like ‘Wir sind groß’ (We are great) celebrate life and deep feelings. He achieves this with simple language and not a hint of sentimentality, exuding an unwavering and infectious optimism.”
Bambi jury about Mark Foster
British singer Dua Lipa has made it to the top of the music world in just a short time. After a year packed with number 1 hits, sold-out shows and record-breaking streaming rates, she has become its most successful newcomer. At 23 years old, she is the most-streamed female singer on Spotify worldwide. She will receive the Bambi for “International music” in recognition of her achievements. On the Bambi stage, Dua Lipa will perform a medley of her hits “Be the One”, “New Rules” and “IDGAF” from her album “Dua Lipa”.
“Dua Lipa sings of broken hearts and jealousy in a striking, occasionally husky voice set to driving dancefloor beats. In her often melancholy, self-written songs, it is the women who pull the strings.”
Bambi jury about Dua Lipa
Almost 50 years after signing his first solo record contract, rock and pop star Rod Stewart released his 30th album, “Blood Red Roses”, at the end of September. His unmistakeable voice, individual style and song writing skills have made Sir Rod Stewart one of the most successful British singers of all time. He has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, won several Grammys and has twice been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He will be presented with the “Legend” Bambi in recognition of his exceptional career. Rod Stewart will be performing songs such as “Didn’t I” (from his new album “Blood Red Roses”) for the Bambi audience.
“Rod Stewart is a master of genres, maintaining his popularity across decades, trends and fashions. His raw yet smooth voice and his incomparable charm make every song his own. He is a legend, but his story is far from over.”
Bambi jury about Rod Steward
Grammy winner Alessia Cara will provide another musical highlight when she performs “Trust My Lonely” from her upcoming album “The Pains of Growing”. 22 years old, she became famous for songs such as “Scars To Your Beautiful” and “Here”. Two-time Bambi winner Udo Lindenberg will return to the Bambi stage for a performance of “Wir ziehen in den Frieden” (We are moving to peace) accompanied by an orchestra and a the choir „Kids on Stage“. The German rock legend is also the patron of the Bambi “New German music stars” people’s choice award. The nominees are Lea, Nico Santos, Michael Schulte and Mike Singer.
For more information about Bambi, visit www.bambi.de.