Marija Šerifović

Marija Šerifović (Serbian Cyrillic: Марија Шерифовић, pronounced [mǎrija ʃerǐːfoʋitɕ]; born 14 November 1984) is a Serbian singer. Born in Kragujevac as the daughter of Verica Šerifović, she rose to prominence in 2003 with her debut album Naj, Najbolja. Šerifović is arguably best known for representing Serbia and winning at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with "Molitva". To date, she has released five studio albums and several standalone singles of predominately balladic songs. Šerifović is recognized as one of the best female vocalists in Serbia.[1][2]

Marija Šerifović
Марија Шерифовић
Šerifović in 2009
Šerifović in 2009
Background information
Birth nameMarija Šerifović
Born (1984-11-14) 14 November 1984 (age 38)
Kragujevac, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Years active1998–present

In addition to her singing career, Šerifović has served as the judge on the televised singing competition Zvezde Granda since 2015.

Personal lifeEdit

Šerifović was born on November 14, 1984 in Kragujevac to musicians Verica and Rajko Šerifović. According to the column by The Guardian's Germaine Greer, she is of Romani descent and has been out as a lesbian since 2004.[3] Šerifović reflected on her sexual orientation as well as on personal struggles, such as domestic abuse from her father, in a documentary film Ispovest, which premiered at Belgrade's Sava Centar in November 2013.[4] She graduated from the First Grammar School in Kragujevac.[5]


In 1998, Šerifović made her debut with a television performance of the song "Moje bube", which she recorded with her mother.[6] Her debut album Naj, Najbolja, produced by Darko Dimitrov was released in 2003 under City Records. The following year, she won the first prize at Pjesma Mediterana music festival in Budva with "Bol do ludila". In 2006, Šerifović released her sophomore album Bez Ljubavi, and a year later held her first concert in Sava Centar.

In March 2007, she gained more significant popularity by winning the Beovizija music festival with "Molitva" and becoming the first representative of the Republic of Serbia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki, Finland.[7] In the Eurovision's semi-final on May 7, Šerifović placed first with "Molitva" and thus qualified for the grand final.[8] Subsequently, in the final held on May 12, she was declared the winner with 268 points.[9] Additionally, "Molitva" received the Artistic Marcel Bezençon Award.[10] Šerifović was also ranked among the most deserving winners of Eurovision by the SBS in 2016 and The Independent in 2019, while a fan blog The Eurovision Times declared "Molitva" the third best Eurovision song of all time in 2010.[11][12][13] Upon returning home, Šerifović was greeted by more than 70,000 people in front of the Civic Assembly of Belgrade, and later also performed in her home town to a crowd of 60,000.[14]

Following her Eurovision victory, she released albums Nisam anđeo (2008) and Anđeo (2009). In 2010, Šerifović participated in second season of the reality television show Farma, where she voluntarily left after 27 days.[15] Same year, she announced her first solo concert in the Belgrade Arena for 11 May.[16] Her fifth studio album Hrabro was released in 2014 alongside her autobiography, titled Ispovest.[17]

During 2015 and 2016, she released a series of three songs: "Pametna i luda", "Sama i nervozna" and "Svoja i tvoja".[18] In September 2015, Šerifović was announced as the judge on the singing competition show Zvezde Granda.[19][20] As the mentor on the show, she had the winning contestant for two consecutive seasons with Džejla Ramović in 2019 and Mahir Mulalić in 2021.[21][22] In March 2016, Šerifović held a concert in Zetra Hall, Sarajevo.[23] Same month she also performed at the National Theater in Belgrade, which saw polarizing reception from the general public and indignation from actors' union.[24][25] In December 2016, Šerifović released the single "Deo prošlosti" under IDJTunes.[26] A year later in November, she released the single "11".[27] Šerifović sang again in the sold-out Belgrade Arena on 25 May 2018.[28][29]

At the beginning of 2019, Šerifović performed "11" at the 2019 Music Awards Ceremony, where she was also received the Female Singer of the Year award.[30] Between March and May of 2019, she embarked on a tour called Druga strana ploče, where she sang the covers of her favorite songs from other artists as well as her own hits.[31] It featured seven sold out shows, six of which were held in Belgrade's Sava Centar and one in SPC Vojvodina, Novi Sad.[32] The second rendition of the tour began a year later.[33] It was supposed to include four live shows in Sava Centar, however, the last one was eventually cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.[34] During the pandemic shutdown in September 2020, Šerifović started vlogging on her official YouTube channel. Same year, she also released a greatest hits-compilation under Dallas Records. During March 2022, Šerifović held five concerts in Banja Luka, Zagreb and Belgrade under the title Druga strana ploče Vol.3.[34][35] The one in Zagreb was held to an audience of 10,000 people.[36] In late December 2022, she released the single "Dobar Vam dan", which scored over million views in the first 24 hours.[37]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Beovizija 2007 Herself Winner
Eurovision Song Contest 2007 Winner
2010 Farma Season 2; Quit on day 27
2013 Ispovest
2015-present Zvezde Granda Judge and mentor

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominee/work Result Ref.
2007 Marcel Bezençon Awards Artistic Award Herself Won [10]
2019 Music Awards Ceremony Female Pop Song of the Year "Nije ljubav to" Nominated [38]
Music Video Song of the Year "11" Nominated
Concert of the Year Štark Arena, 24 May 2017 Nominated
Female Artist of the Year Herself Won
2020 Concert of the Year Druga strana ploče (Sava Centar) Won

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ Vesović, M. (9 November 2017). "One su vlasnice moćnih vokala! Koja je naša najbolja pop pevačica?". (in Serbian). Retrieved 22 December 2022.
  3. ^ Greer, Germaine (21 May 2007). "Go, Marija! Eurovision's triumphant lesbian Gypsy". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Ispovest Marije Šerifović: Lezbejka sam, super je imati odnos sa ženom!". (in Serbian). 27 November 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  5. ^ Sabotinovski, A. (27 October 2022). "MARIJA ŠERIFOVIĆ JEDVA ZAVRŠILA SREDNJU ŠKOLU Sad ima jednu od najuspešnijih karijera, a išla na razredne ispite: "VIŠE SAM BILA ISPRED NEGO U ŠKOLI"". (in Serbian). Retrieved 21 December 2022.
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  7. ^ Iker, Zlatko (9 March 2007). "Marija Serifovic with Molitva to Helsinki!". Esctoday. Retrieved 22 December 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  9. ^ "Grand Final of Helsinki 2007". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 22 December 2022. Retrieved 22 December 2022.
  10. ^ a b "Marcel Bezençon Awards". Retrieved 22 December 2022.
  11. ^ "10 Most Deserving Eurovision Winners". SBS. 13 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest: Every winner ranked from worst to best". The Independent. 18 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Best Eurovision Song Ever". The Eurovision Times. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  14. ^ Dejanović, M. (21 May 2021). "Kako je Srbija 2007. godine slavila pobedu na Evroviziji". (in Serbian). Retrieved 30 November 2021.
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  19. ^ "ZVEZDE GRANDA: I članovi žirija su..." (in Serbian). 16 September 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2022.
  20. ^ "Počinje snimanje nove sezone: Evo ko su novi članovi žirija "Zvezda Granda"!". (in Serbian). 15 September 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
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  23. ^ Milošević, T. (20 March 2016). "Haos u Sarajevu: Marija Šerifović zaprošena na koncertu!". (in Serbian). Retrieved 21 December 2022.
  24. ^ Golubović-Trebješanin, B. (3 February 2016). "Коме смета Марија Шерифовић у Народном позоришту". Politika (in Serbian). Retrieved 21 December 2022.
  25. ^ "Bura zbog koncerta Marije Šerifović u Narodnom pozorištu". RTS (in Serbian). 2 February 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2022.
  26. ^ N M. (5 December 2016). "Premijaer: Marija Šerifović 'Deo prošlosti'". (in Serbian). Retrieved 21 December 2022.
  27. ^ "Singl Marije Šerifović: Sve u znaku broja 11". Večernje Novosti (in Serbian). 10 November 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2022.
  28. ^ Aleksovski (22 May 2018). "Dva dana pred koncert Marija Šerifović rasprodala arenu". (in Serbian). Retrieved 21 December 2022.
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  31. ^ Ćunković, M. (2 March 2019). "Marija Šerifović o specifičnim nastupima u Beogradu i Novom Sadu". Večernje Novosti (in Serbian). Retrieved 21 December 2022.
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  35. ^ "MARIJA ŠERIFOVIĆ „ZAPALILA" BANJALUKU: Spektakularan koncert u prepunom „Boriku"". Večernje Novosti (in Bosnian). 9 March 2022. Retrieved 21 December 2022.
  36. ^ Janković, D. (13 March 2022). "Nezaustavljiva! Nakon Banjaluke, Marija "zapalila" Zagreb: Čime sam ovo zaslužila?!". (in Serbian). Retrieved 21 December 2022.
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  38. ^ "Ovo je lista dobitnika regionalnih MAC muzičkih nagrada" (in Serbian). January 2019.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Preceded by Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Preceded by Beovizija winner
Preceded by Music Festival Budva winner
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