Germany’s answer to the Grammys, the Echo Music Awards, took place in Berlin last Thursday.
The biggest winner was punk rockers Die Toten Hosen, who took home the three prizes, including Best German Rock/Pop group.
Established in 1992, the nominations for the ECHO awards are derived from album sales and placement on the music charts. This year, 27 categories were awarded.
Die Toten Hosen, one of Germany’s most internationally recognised groups, were nominated in seven categories. Early on they won Best German Rock/Pop Group.
Best German Female Artist went to Afro-German singer Ivy Quainoo. In February 2012, she won the first season of the reality show, The Voice of Germany.
The audience enjoyed performances by Die Toten Hosen, the former First Lady of France Carla Bruni, Katie Melua and Germany’s favourite British band Depeche Mode who won Best International Group in 2010.
Cascada, which is set to represent Germany for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, also took to the stage.
German violinist David Garrett, who also performed for the crowd, took home Best German Rock/Pop Artist.
International stars were also in attendance including American singer-songwriter Lana del Rey and 2012 ECHO winner, jazz and pop singer, Michel Buble.
Leading up to the night was not controversy-free though, as complaints from nominees saw organisers German Phono Academy removing rock band Frei.Wild from the nominations list for their reputed link with the far-right scene.