The 2017 Estonian Music Awards and gala concert were held at Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn on Thursday night. Karl-Erik Taukar had the most successful night, winning three awards, followed by Kadri Voorand and Elephants From Neptune, who won two awards each.
Performers at the gala included Liis Lemsalu, Laura, Lenna, Metsakutsu, NOËP, I Wear* Experiment, Karl-Erik Taukar, Mick Pedaja and Estonian Voices.
The event was hosted by Tanja Mihhailova-Saar and Mikk Saar.
For the full list of winners, see below.
Winner: NOËP, "Rooftop"
Other nominees: Cartoon feat. Jüri Pootsmann, "I Remember U"; Karl-Erik Taukar "Tähti täis on öö"; Liis Lemsalu, "Sinu ees"; Smilers, "Et sa teaks"
Winner: Karl-Erik Taukar, "Kaks"
Other nominees: Elephants From Neptune, "Oh No"; Kadri Voorand Quartet, "Armupurjus"; Maarja Nuut "Une meeles"; Various Artists, "Muinaslugu sinilinnust / Estonian Evergreens. Revival"
Best Female Artist
Winner: Kadri Voorand
Other nominees: Eeva Talsi, Maarja Nuut
Best Male Artist
Winner: Karl-Erik Taukar
Other nominees: Jüri Pootsmann, Mick Pedaja
Winner: Elephants From Neptune
Other nominees: I Wear* Experiment, Põhja Konn
Best Jazz Album
Winner: Kadri Voorand Quartet, "Armupurjus"
Other nominees: Peedu Kass, "Momentum"; Robert Jürjendal feat. Andrus Lillepea, "Lihtminevik / Simple Past"
Best Folk Album
Winner: Maarja Nuut, "Une meeles"
Other nominees: Eeva Talsi & Juhan Aru, "Vähemalt täna"; Mari Jürjens "27"
Best Electronic Album
Winner: Mart Avi, "Rogue Wave"
Other nominees: Florian Wahl, "14"; Tehnoloogiline Päike, "Technological Sun"
Best Alternative/Indie Album
Winner: Mick Pedaja, "Hingake"
Other nominees: Pastacas, "Pohlad"; Rainer Jancis "Hibernatus"
Best Metal Album
Winner: Taak, "Supersargasso"
Other nominees: Goresoerd, "Antikeha"; Kannabinõid, "Troon"
Best Rock Album
Winner: Elephants From Neptune, "Oh No"
Other nominees: Põhja Konn, "Põhja Konn"; Tanel Padar Blues Band, "Gold'n'Fish"
Best Pop Album
Winner: Karl-Erik Taukar, "Kaks"
Other nominees: Jüri Pootsmann, "Täna"; I Wear* Experiment, "Patience"
Best Hip-Hop/Rap Album
Winner: Metsakutsu, "Kuhu koer on maetud"
Other nominees: 5miinust, "Aasta plaat. Korralik saavutus"
Beebilõust, "Resotsialiseerumine X Must lipp"
Best Debut Album
Winner: I Wear* Experiment, "Patience"
Other nominees: Go Away Bird, "Sleep On It"; Põhja Konn, "Põhja Konn"
Contribution to Estonian Music
Best Music Video
Best Classical Album*
*Chosen based on top voting results from among the winners of the four classical music subcategories
Winner: Best Composition Album — Arvo Pärt, "The Deer's Cry," performed by vocal ensemble Vox Clamantis, Toomas Vavilov (clarinet), Heikko Remmel (contrabass), Taavo Remmel (contrabass), Robert Staak (lute), Mari Poll (violin), Johanna Vahermägi (viola), Susanne Doll (organ), directed by Jaan-Eik Tulve
Best Chamber Music Album — Heino Eller, "Keelpillikvartetid," performed by Tallinn String Quartet (Urmas Vulp, Olga Voronova, Toomas Nestor, Levi-Daniel Mägila; Tõnu Kõrvits, "Mirror," performed by Anja Lechner (cello), Kadri Voorand (vocals), Tõnu Kõrvits (kannel), Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, directed by Tõnu Kaljuste
Best Choral Music Album — Arvo Pärt, "The Deer's Cry," performed by vocal ensemble Vox Clamantis, Toomas Vavilov (clarinet), Heikko Remmel (contrabass), Taavo Remmel (contrabass), Robert Staak (lute), Mari Poll (violin), Johanna Vahermägi (viola), Susanne Doll (organ), directed by Jaan-Eik Tulve
Best Symphonic Album — "Great Maestros I-V," performed by Kalle Randalu (piano), Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, directed by Neeme Järvi, including Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concertos No. 1-5, Brahms Symphonies No. 1-4, Richard Strauss.
Editor: Editor: Aili Vahtla