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Russian Prime Minister Up For Awkward Award

16. April 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

Vladimir Putin nominated for music award

Last November, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin made a surprising appearance on Muz TV’s hip-hip show “Battle for Respect”, where he praised rappers for their powerful social messages and admired their graffiti as works of art. The video of Putin honoring Russian rappers quickly became popular online, with viewers wondering if he was really serious or just performing a publicity stunt.


Now that curious occasion is up for the Event of the Year award, being presented by the music television channel’s Russian Street Awards ceremony on April 21 in Moscow. The awards show will be broadcast live and everyone is hoping that Putin will attend, but even if he doesn’t, his nomination is a “revolutionary event” for Russian music, says editor-in-chief of the Russian Rolling Stone magazine, Alexander Kondukov.


“Any ceremony featuring Putin will help add to its feeling of grandiosity, even if he himself is absent,” Kondukov said.


Putin’s competition for the Event of the Year category is the breakup of famous Russian hip-hop act Tsentr and the Splash 2009 hip-hop festival. If Putin wins the award, he won’t be the first Russian politician to be honored by the music industry. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev received a U.S. Grammy award in 2004 for his part in the telling of the classic tale “Peter and the Wolf” with former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Italian actress Sophia Loren.