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Stromae wins record eight Music Industry Awards

12:09 10/02/2014

Hip-hop and dance master Stromae swept Flanders’ Music Industry Awards on Saturday, winning all eight categories for which he was nominated. The wins – for Dance, Solo Male Performer, Pop Performer, Album, Composer, Artwork, Video clip and Hit of the Year (“Formidable”) – are particularly notable for the Flemish awards show as Stromae is a Brusselaar who sings in French. The singer broke the record for the number of wins in one year (previously held by Milow with five in 2008).

Other winners included Trixie Whitley for best Solo Female Performer, Hooverphonic for best Group, and Daan, who won for Alternative. A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Rocco Granata, the Italian accordionist and singer who rose from the mining community of 1950s Limburg to the top of the pop charts with his hit song “Marina”. The movie of the same name based on his life is in cinemas now.

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Written by Lisa Bradshaw