‘Four Shores’ earns four awards

Pop-rock group Prāta Vētra (Brainstorm) came up big during the 10th annual Latvian Music Industry Awards on March 10 in the recently opened Arena Riga, winning four awards for its Četri krasti (Four Shores) album.

The band won all but one of the categories in which it was nominated. Prāta Vētra won awards for best rock song (”Četri krasti”), best rock album (Četri krasti), best music video (“Thunder Without Rain”) and best live concert video of 2005 (Četri krasti koncerts Mežaparkā).

The only category the band didn’t win was for best radio hit, but that didn’t seem to bother the group members, because after winning the fourth award of the evening, singer Renārs Kaupers remarked to rookie hip-hop group Borowa MC that good things don’t come in threes, but in fours. This was in direct reference to the three awards that Borowa MC picked up during the evening.

The new group from the province of Latgale won awards for best hip-hop song (“Vysskaistuokajai meitiņai”), best hip-hop album (Trepis iz nakurīni) and best debut (Trepis iz nakurīni).

Awards for best pop album (K.U.) and best pop song (“Pekinā ir auksti”) went to the duo U.K., Roland Ūdrītis and Egons Kronbergs, who both are members of the group Hobos.

Kronbergs received a third award for his work with the folklore group Iļģi, which won for best contemporary folk music album for Totari.

The evening ceremony included some surprises. The popular a capella group Cosmos, which will represent Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest, didn’t receive any awards. Likewise, the alternative music group Double Faced Eels came up empty-handed.

Between the presentation of the awards a good cross section of Latvian music was performed by various groups and singers. Prāta Vētra finished off the show with its latest single, “Lapsa.” After the concert, a banquet was held for the participants of the show and invited guests. —Raitis Freimanis in Rīga

Raitis Freimanis lives in Stockholm, Sweden, and is a founding member of the Latvian-Canadian band Skandāls.

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