Tiësto is this year’s big winner at the Buma Awards. The DJ won prizes in both the Buma Award National and Buma Award International categories, the prizes for the most played and best-selling songs within and outside the Netherlands. Suzan & Freek took first place in the National category with their hit Gold.
Tiësto scored third in the same category with the song The Business. Internationally, that song was the most listened to. He also received a statuette for The Motto, which the DJ made with Ava Max. During the award ceremony in theater Spant! in Bussum, Snelle en Maan (for Staying asleep), Chef’Special (for Afraid of the dark) and Jaap Reesema and Pommelien Thijs (for Nu we don’t sleep anymore) also went home with a prize.
In addition to the Buma Awards, various jury prizes were also awarded on Monday. This year’s Golden Harp is for ADE founder Anna Knaup. Ilse de Lange received the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lennaert Nijgh Prize went posthumously to Henny Vrienten.
Fons Merkies received the Oeuvre Award Multimedia. The composer and producer wrote music for dozens of films and television series, such as All stars, Only decent people and The Polish Bride.
Der 74-year-old Tony Berk took home the 73X Platinum Award for his contributions to the Dutch music industry. As a record executive, he was at the basis of the careers of countless Dutch artists, such as René Froger, Ruth Jacott and DI-RECT.