Early January saw the nominations for the Nordic Music Prize being announced.
Writes The Nordic Music Price organizing committee in a press statement issued this week:
“The Nordic Music Prize is an award for the best Nordic album of 2010, inspired by the British Mercury Music Prize. The prize is an initiative of the by:Larm conference in Norway, which is the biggest, most important conference and showcase event for the wider Nordic music industry. In setting up The Nordic Music Prize by:Larm has several aims: firstly to create even stronger unity across the regions industry, secondly to further increase international interest and awareness of what the region has to offer musically, and last but not least refocus on the full length album as an art form.”
The following 12 albums are the nominees for Best Nordic Album 2010:
• Dungen Skit i allt
• Paleface Helsinki – Shangri-La
• Frisk Frugt Dansktoppen møder Burkina Faso i det himmelblå rum hvor solen bor, suite
• Susanne Sundfør The Brothel
• Robyn Body talk
• Jónsi Go Do
• Efterklang Magic Chairs
• Serena Maneesh S-M 2: Abyss in B Minor
• The Radio Dept. Clinging to a scheme
• Ólöf Arnalds Innundir skinni
• Kvelertak Kvelertak
• First Aid Kit The big black & the blue
The national nomination processes have involved music journalists and industry professionals from each of the five Nordic countries. The leaders of the nomination process in their respective countries were:
Jan Gradvall – Sweden
Audun Vinger – Norway
Arnar Eggert Thoroddsen – Iceland
Ilkka Mattila – Finland
Ralf Christensen – Denmark
The final choice of nominees was made by a joint Nordic nomination Committee, the leaders of each national committee as seen above and one additional journalist from each country.
The 12 nominated albums will be presented for an international jury who in turn will decide the winner of the Nordic Music Prize. The Nordic Music Prize is presented during by:Larm in Oslo the 17th-19th of February 2011.