#RBEA17: Roméo Elvis, Soulwax and Amelie Lens win big

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After a long and entertaining show, the results are in. So without further ado, let’s see how things turned out. Just like last year, it’s Brussels rapper Roméo Elvis and his producer Le Motel that take home the highest amounts of gold medals. With a whopping collection of 5 first spots (‘Artist of the Year’, ‘Best Album’ for ‘Morale 2’, ‘Best Live’, ‘Best Song’ for ‘Diable’ and the Chase award) – 6 if you count in Le Motel’s ‘Best Producer’ award – they are the absolute stars of the night. In a solid year of non-stop touring and dropping a strong sophomore album, this can’t come as a surprise.

The 2016-17 season also marked the colossal comeback of Soulwax: 6 rightfully earned awards. With a first place in the ‘Best Label’ category for their brainchild DEEWEE, plus silver and bronze medals in the ‘Best Song’ (for ‘Do You Want Into Get Into Trouble’), ‘Best Producer’, ‘Best Live’, ‘Best Album’ for ‘From DEEWEE’ and a second place in the Belgian DJ Top 100 (as their 2manydjs DJ-moniker) they have secured their role as one of Belgium’s most influential cross-genre band.

In a year that marked her definite international breakthrough, Amelie Lens racked up 4 impressive awards, most notably a first place in the DJ Top 100, as well as second and third places in big categories like ‘Best Song’ for her track ‘In Silence’, ‘Best Producer’ and ‘Artist of the Year’. Lefto takes home the gold medal for ‘Best Party’ with his ‘Lefto Presents’ events, the silver medal for ‘Best Video’ with his ‘Lefto in Transit’ series and the bronze medal in ‘Best Radio’ for his Studio Brussel show.

The first place in this ‘Best Radio’ category goes to Faisal (last year’s big winner in the DJ Top 100, but now stranding there on a third place). With a second place for Charlotte de Witte, this radio category is once again dominated by Studio Brussel.

Another remarkable winner is the breakthrough producer R.O, who secured the first and the third place in the ‘Best Remix’ category with his reworks for Roméo Elvis and Damso. Fellow Brusseleir and omnipresent Zwangere Guy on the other hand takes home this year’s ‘Best Breakthrough Artist/DJ/Producer’ award, right before Caballero & JeanJass and WWWater.

After a one-year hiatus, techno haven Fuse reclaims its number one spot in the ‘Club Top 30’, cleverly surpassing Kompass and Ampere – and their graphic designers Corbin Mahieu and Adriaan Tas came in second in the ‘Marc Meulemans Award’ aka the award for the best artwork. This category was topped by Jesse Willems and Wind Waait – who made the striking album cover for Coely’s ‘Different Waters’ (an album that also came in third in the ‘Best Album’ category). The bronze medal here goes to Studio Specht, the creative agency that takes care of the artwork for the booming All Eyes On Hip Hop parties, who impressively secured a first spot in the ‘Really Big Party’ category (followed by Bozar Night and last year’s winner Deep In House).

Being the only category that’s announced before the ceremony, this year’s ‘Most Promising Artists’ are Témé Tan, Vitesse and blackwave. (in no particular order). As the ‘Best Breakthrough Party/Festival’ category, Brussels Electronic Marathon, Fire Is Gold and 1988 form the top 3. Finally, the ‘Lifetime Achievement Awards’ are granted to the prominent PIAS Records and the legendary Bonzai DJ Yves Deruyter.

BEST MEDIA

  1. Fuzz Magazine
  2. Chase
  3. The Word

BEST RADIO

  1. Faisal (Studio Brussel)
  2. Charlotte de Witte (Studio Brussel)
  3. Lefto (Studio Brussel)

BEST REMIX

  1. Roméo Elvis x Le Motel - Morale (R.O remix)
  2. Jones & Stephenson - The First Rebirth (Charlotte de Witte rework)
  3. Damso - Amnésie (R.O remix)

BREAKTHROUGH PARTY / FESTIVAL

  1. Brussels Electronic Marathon
  2. Fire Is Gold
  3. 1988

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST / DJ / PRODUCER

  1. Zwangere Guy
  2. Caballero & JeanJass
  3. WWWater

BEST SONG

  1. Roméo Elvis x Le Motel - Diable
  2. Amelie Lens - In Silence
  3. Soulwax - Do You Want To Get Into Trouble?

MOST PROMISING

  • blackwave.
  • Vitesse
  • Témé Tan

NIGHTLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER

  1. Nachtschaduw
  2. Daniil Lavrovski
  3. Jennifer Kesteleyn

BEST PRODUCER

  1. Le Motel
  2. Soulwax
  3. Amelie Lens

MARC MEULEMANS (BEST ARTWORK)

  1. Coely - Different Waters (Jesse Willems & Wind Waait)
  2. Fuse (Corbin Mahieu & Adriaan Tas)
  3. All Eyes On Hip Hop (Specht Studio)

BEST PARTY

  1. Lefto Presents
  2. HUSH HUSH
  3. Helder

BEST REALLY BIG PARTY

  1. All Eyes On Hip Hop
  2. Bozar Night
  3. Deep In House

CLUB TOP 30 (TOP 3)

  1. Fuse
  2. Kompass
  3. Ampere

CHASE AWARD (BEST URBAN)

  1. Roméo Elvis x Le Motel
  2. Damso
  3. Brihang

BEST MC

  1. GUS
  2. TLP aka Troubleman
  3. Mota

BEST LABEL

  1. DEEWEE
  2. We Play House Recordings
  3. [PIAS] (Play It Again, Sam)

BEST LIVE

  1. Roméo Elvis x Le Motel
  2. Oscar And The Wolf
  3. Soulwax

BEST FESTIVAL

  1. Dour Festival
  2. Pukkelpop
  3. Tomorrowland

BEST VIDEO

  1. Oscar And The Wolf - Breathing (Wanderkeit)
  2. Lefto - In Transit (Kurt de Leijer)
  3. Zwangere Guy - Outfit Van Me Daddy (Frederike Migom)

BEST ALBUM

  1. Roméo Elvis x Le Motel - Morale 2
  2. Soulwax - From DEEWEE
  3. Coely - Different Waters

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  1. Roméo Elvis x Le Motel
  2. Oscar And The Wolf
  3. Amelie Lens

DJ TOP 100 (TOP 3)

  1. Amelie Lens
  2. 2manydjs
  3. Faisal

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

  • [PIAS] (Play It Again, Sam)
  • Yves Deruyter