Berlin (AP) - For the first time after the echo off on Friday (20.00 clock) again awarded a major pop music award in Germany. At the premiere of the International Music Awards (IMA) in Berlin, artists like Sting, Udo Lindenberg, Rammstein, Peaches, Joy Denalane and Max Herre appear in a live gala.

The echo was based on sales figures and after the scandal over the perceived as anti-Semitic rap texts of the winners Farid Bang and Kollegah for 2019 had been abolished. The IMA, which is organized by the music magazine "Rolling Stone" and Axel Springer Mediahouse, is now geared towards artistic quality and more modern criteria. There are categories such as Commitment for Engagement, Future for Innovation or Beginner for Pop Newcomers.

The award winners were selected in a two-stage process by committees and prominent juries from journalists and musicians. These included the pop singers Charli XCX and Joan Water (Joan As Police Woman), ex-Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, German rapper Cro and the songwriters Rufus Wainwright and Adam Green.

It is already clear that the British rock star Sting in the category "Hero" will be awarded in the evening for his lifetime achievement. As the best live act, the German rock band Rammstein receives the Audience Award in the category "Performance". Top model Toni Garrn and Emmy winner Billy Porter will be leading the awards ceremony at Berlin's Verti Music Hall.

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