Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to present to you the winners of the 2022 IPMAs.

On April 23rd, the Providence Performing Arts Center hosted the 10th annual International Portuguese Music Awards. Very fitting, as Rhode Island is the state with the highest percentage of Portuguese residents in the United States.

The opening act featured a surprise duet between Paulo Gonzo and Ângelo Freire. Trophies were presented in 13 different categories and the nominees were from nine different countries.

These awards were presented by many familiar faces in the Portuguese music industry, including Portuguese-American comedy group The Portuguese Kids, Emmy Award-winning reporter John Dias, and world-renowned choreographer Manuela Oliveira. 

So, who won the awards? Here are the 13 winners.

  • Music Video of the Year - Peter Serrado from Canada for his music video “Libson” directed by Stella Jurgen
  •  Best Instrumental Performance - i Tempo from Canada for their song “Up"
  • Best World Music Performance - Diva Barros from Cape Verde for her performance of “Bo Mistêr”
  •  Best Traditional Performance - Bolha from Portugal for their performance of “Bailarina."
  •  Best Fado Performance - Cordeone from the United States for their performance of “Bem Estar Interdito”
  • Best Dance Performance - Cee Jay Cena from the United States for their performance of “Sta Sabi (ft. Mito)”
  • Best Rap/Hip Hop Performance - Nick Souza from Canada for his performance of “Light Show”
  • Best Rock Performance - Duques from Portugal for their performance of “Terra Água Fogo e Ar”
  • Best Pop Performance - Marito Marques from Canada for his performance of “Amor Ao Longe (ft. Salvador Sobral & MARO)
  • The Song of the Year award - Inês de Vasconcellos from Portugal for his song “Estou Bem” written by  Capicua & Ricardo Cruz
  • Best 'Musica Popular' - BandFaith from the United States for their performance of “Saudades de Portugal."
  • People’s Choice Award - Jacinta & Antonio Bastos from Portugal and their song “A Formiga No Carreiro (ft. Paulo de Carvalho)"
  • New Talent - Giuliana Lucia Amara

Congrats to all the winners.

Oh, and fun fact: not only was the winner of the New Talent award given a whopping $2,000, but they were also rewarded with an all-expense-paid trip to Toronto for studio recording time with MDC Music. Kudos to Giuliana.

After the prestigious annual event, submissions for the next International Portuguese Award Show will be accepted some time this summer.

Here are some photos from the big night.

Jay Silva contributed to this report. 

Scenes From The 10th Annual International Portuguese Award Show

On April 23rd, the Providence Performing Arts Center hosted the 10th annual International Portuguese Music Awards.