The other nominees for the award were soprano Marina Rebeka with her solo concerts at the Great Guild Hall and her performance in Gaetano Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" at the Latvian National Opera, and clarinetist Egils Sefers for his solo in Aaron Copland's Clarinet Concerto and other performances.
Concert "Garanca&Chichon" was awarded as the best concert last year. The concert of Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Karel Mark Chichon and featuring mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca, was held at the Latvian National Opera on December 28 and at the Great Guild Hall on December 30. Also nominated for the award were State Academic Choir "Latvia" concert of Eriks Esenvalds' music at the University of Latvia on October 12 and "Kremerata Baltica" concert at the Great Guild Hall on July 9.
Martins Vilums' composition "Tvyjoraan", first performed by "Sinfonietta Riga" at the Great Guild Hall on November 3, was awarded as the best new composition of 2012. Also contending for the award were Ruta Paidere's "Tempera" and Kristaps Petersons' Liepaja Concerto No. 2.
"Cantando y Amando" at the Latvian National Opera was awarded as the best production last year. Also nominated for the award were Andris Dzenitis' opera "Dauka" at the Latvian National Opera and Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" at the Latvian National Opera.
Violinist Elina Buksa received the "Debut of the Year" award. Violinist Baiba Skride was awarded for outstanding interpretation of violin solo in Johannes Brahms' Violin Concert at the Latvian National Opera on October 15.
Mezzo-soprano Laima Andersone-Silare received the lifetime achievement award, and historian Arnolds Klotins was honored for his research and resulting book, "Music During the Occupation. Latvian Music's Reality and New Works 1940-1945".
The Grand Music Award is the highest honor in Latvian music, it was established in 1993 following an initiative by the then-Minister of Culture Raimonds Pauls.