2015 was an exceptional year for Norwegian music. Several artists, songwriters and producers hit international charts, ensembles and orchestras performed in prestigious venues and festivals all over the world, and we have heard Norwegian music in several major movies and TV-shows.
To celebrate and honor those who put Norwegian music on the map, Music Norway and Spellemann Award have established the Norwegian Music Export Award to inspire the Norwegian music industry to continue their international focus and further pursue its international potential.
The prize is awarded to a candidate who have excelled internationally throughout 2015.
The jury will make an overall assessment of all nominees, where the level of awareness abroad is just as important as the total number of albums and concert tickets sold.
The nominees for Norwegian Music Export Award
Vilde Frang is one of the world’s most popular young violinist. She toured intensively during 2015, during which she performed in some of the finest concert venues all over the globe before thousands of people.
Kygo has quickly become one of Norway’s most prominent music exports ever, when it comes to both recorded music and numbers of concerts aboard. With hits as, Stole The Show and Firestone, Kygo became the fastest artist ever to reach one billion streams on Spotify.
The duo have established an international career and achieved career highlight in 2015 with their hit Don’t Worry, which reached number 1 in several European countries, which has led to extensive touring for the group.
The composer Einar Selvik has contributed to the soundtrack for the world known TV-series Vikings, and have visualized Norwegian cultural heritage for the whole world by performing music and his reconstruction of historical instruments with his project Wardruna.
An established and well-known songwriter who made her big international break in 2015 as co-writer and performer on one of 2015’s biggest hits, How Deep it Your Love by Calvin Harris, one of the world’s most popular DJ and producer.
The jury have consisted of Anita Halmøy Wisløff (Atomic Soul), Bugge Wesseltoft (musician), Ivar Peersen (musician), Kathryn Naish Hjelsvold (agent and manager) and Mathias Rygh (feat.fm).
– There has been enormous growth in Norwegian music export during 2015, and the jury had no easy task choosing five nominees. For the Norwegian music industry, it is a positive sign knowing that many artists have been considered possible candidates, says Anita Wisløff on behalf of the jury.
In a joint statement, the jury say: – The nominees represents artistic diversity and proves that Norwegian artists, songwriters and producers have international careers within several genres and musical fields.
The winner of the Norwegian Music Export Prize will be revealed in May and presented at an event in June. The prize consists of a Spellemann trophy and a grant of 100.000 NOK sponsored by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture, formally named “where it all began”. The winner will donate the grant to an environment that gave the winner opportunities to grow as an artist and motivation for further artistic development.
The nominees were selected based on a list of entries and suggestions from Music Norway and Spellemann. In cases where the juror and candidates have professional relations, the juror had no voting rights.