On Friday June 3, Music Norway held its annual summer party in Oslo, Norway. During the event Kygo received the very first Norwegian Music Export Award.
Kygo has had a remarkable year in 2015 with five mega hits, which during the course of the year made it to some of the most important charts in the global music industry. 2015 was also the year when Kygo became the first artist ever to achieve 1 billion streams on Spotify. He appeared on several American TV-shows and toured intensively all over the world.
The Norwegian Minister of Culture adds:
– For the Norwegian music industry to continue to grow internationally, we need both those who succeed and those who facilitate success. The government wants to contribute to this effort and that is why we support the Export Award. It is much deserved that Kygo receives the first Norwegian Export Award for the extraordinary international success he has had in 2015.
Kygo himself was present to receive a Spellemann trophy and a grant of 100.000 NOK sponsored by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture, formally named “where it all began”, which the winner will donate to an environment that gave the winner opportunities to grow as an artist and motivation for further artistic development.
– It is a great honor to receive this award, and I would like to thank Music Norway and Spellemann for the recognition. It is incredible to know that Norwegian music is in demand internationally. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to how an artist should develop his or her career. We got much advice from Brak in the beginning, and that is why I have decided to give the grant of 100.000 NOK to Brak from Bergen, Kygo said during the award ceremony.
Brak is a regional music business development center on the west coast of Norway. The center has offices in Bergen, the second largest city in Norway. The leader of Brak, Karen Sofie Sørensen, was present at the event and was grateful to receive the grant from Kygo.
– This means so much for us who have worked with the music industry in and around Bergen for 20 years. Great honor to Kygo for sharing his network and expertise with us. With this grant, Brak along with Kygo will create a program that helps more artists achieve their goals. Kygo has paved the way and now others can follow in his footsteps, said Sørensen.
The jury has consisted of Anita Halmøy Wisløff (Atomic Soul), Bugge Wesseltoft (musician), Ivar Peersen (musician), Kathryn Naish Hjelsvold (agent and manager) and Mathias Rygh (feat.fm)