The 21st Air Guitar World Championships was won by Matt “Airistotle” Burns from USA

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The “Air Guitar Championships” were launched 1n 1996 in Finland. Air Guitarists have to compete in national championships before to participate in finale. Air guitarists perform a song  for 60 seconds individually, without a guitar or any equipment.

The rules are:
1. each performance is played to 1 minute (60 sec.) of a song; 2. the 60 seconds can start anywhere in the song; 3. the instrument must be invisible & be a guitar; 4. air roadies are allowed, but must leave the stage before the performance; 5. Back-up bands (air or real) are not allowed.

The results of the jury cannot be protested. All performances are scored on a scale from 4.0 to 6.0 – 6.0 being the highest possible. One of the criteria is the “airness”, which is defined as the extent to which a performance transcends the imitation of a real guitar and becomes an art form in and of itself. Air guitarists on the competition are awarded gold, silver and bronze medals.

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