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Popprijs

The most relevant prize in Dutch pop music

Since 1986, the Popprijs has been awarded annually during Noorderslag. The Popprijs is awarded to the artist or band who has made an important contribution to Dutch pop music in the past year. Issues such as special artistic achievements, national and international success or a long-term career all play a role in this, but none of these are decisive: the final judgement is up to the jury.

The prize is an initiative of BV Pop and the Kunstenbond and is awarded by Buma Cultuur. Buma Cultuur supports and promotes Dutch music copyright in both the Netherlands and in the most important export markets for Dutch music (not necessarily in the Dutch language).

The 2021 winner of the Popprijs is Di-Rect

DI-RECT has won the Pop Award 2021. The prize consists of a check for 10,000 euros and a statuette by artist Theo Mackaay. DI-RECT celebrated their 20 year anniversary last year with two sold-out shows at Ahoy in Rotterdam. The jury praises the band’s ability to keep renewing themselves and their perseverance during a pandemic.

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Dutch band Di-rect received the Popprijs 2021 during ESNS.

Jury
The Popprijs for 2021 was awarded at Noorderslag on Saturday January 22, 2022. The Jury consisted of; Roosmarijn Reijmer (NPO 3FM), Rob Ester (Qmusic), Maartje Glas (Buma Cultuur, voorzitter jury), Fernando Halman (FunX), Lois de Jong (NTR), Lisa de Jongh (Patronaat), Joey Ruchtie (De Oosterpoort / ESNS), Will Maas (Kunstenbond/Ntb) en Wilbert Mutsaers (Spotify).

Previous winners of the Popprijs are

2019 – Floor Jansen

2018 – Ronnie Flex

2017 – Kensington

2016 – Martin Garrix

2015 – New Wave

2014 – The Common Linnets

2013 – The Opposites

2012 – Racoon

2011 – De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig

2010 – Caro Emerald

2009 – Kyteman

2008 – De Dijk

2007 – Armin Van Buuren

2006 – Spinvis

2005 – Within Temptation

2004 – Ali B

2003 – BLØF

2002 – Tiësto

2001 – Anouk

2000 – Arling & Cameron

1999 – Postmen

1998 – Junkie XL

1997 – Marco Borsato

1996 – Eboman

1995 – Osdorp Posse

1994 – 2 Unlimited

1993 – Bettie Serveert

1992 – The Scene

1991 – The Ex

1990 – Urban Dance Squad

1989 – Herman Brood

1988 – Claw Boys Claw

1987 – The Nits

1986 – Mathilde Santing