Eurovision 2024: Swiss Nemo wins a 68th edition of the competition marked by controversies

Eurovision 2024: Swiss Nemo wins a 68th edition of the competition marked by controversies
Eurovision 2024: Swiss Nemo wins a 68th edition of the competition marked by controversies

Nemo deciphers in “The Code” the realization of being a non-binary person, and this very personal song propelled the Swiss artist to the top of Eurovision on Saturday evening.

Nemo Mettler, 24, gives the small Alpine country its third crown. “+The Code+ tells the story of the journey I began by realizing that I am neither a man nor a woman“, says Nemo. “Finding myself was a long and often difficult process for me. But nothing beats the feeling of freedom I gained from realizing I’m non-binary“.”I do not identify as male or female. I’m just Nemo“, the artist revealed in November on Instagram.

Now living in Berlin, Nemo is originally from Biel in northwestern Switzerland, the country’s largest bilingual city and the heart of the watch industry for which the Alpine nation is famous. Nemo started playing the piano, violin and drums at a young age.

Enrolled in a musical at 13, he broke through in 2016 with a rap in Swiss German that went viral on social networks. After winning the Best Talent prize at the 2017 Swiss Music Awards, the artist won so many trophies the following year that public television renamed the event the “Swiss Nemo Awards“.”Of” (you in German) took fourth place in the Swiss charts. In 2020, Nemo started releasing songs in English and writing and producing for other artists.

If “The Code” tells the artist’s journey of his identity, it is also the incarnation of his musical eclecticism: “the artistic manifesto of my personal journey, a distinctive piece of music that combines rap, drum and bass and opera“. Nemo prevailed over more than 400 competitors to represent Switzerland at Eurovision.

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