At a special awards ceremony during by:Larm 2019, the official announcement of the winner of this year’s Hyundai Nordic Music Prize for “Best Nordic album of 2018” took place.
Hyundai Nordic Music Prize is one of the most significant music awards in the Nordic region, and the ambition behind the prize is to tighten the relationship between the Northern countries, in addition to exposing Nordic talent to international industry. It is the only prize that celebrates musical talents across the entire Nordic region (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden).
2019 was the 9th consecutive year of the prize, where two Norwegian artists were nominated. Lil Halima with her album bad lovers, and Marja Mortensson with Mojhtestasse, however, it was Robyn and her album Honey who won this year.
The Norwegians had a shot at following their colleagues, Susanne Sundfør, Jenny Hval and Band of Gold in winning the prize. In other words it could have been the fourth consecutive year with a Norwegian winner.
Audun Vinger (NO), Arnar Eggert Thoroddsen (IS), Ilkka Mattila (FI), Annah Björk (SE) and Anna Ullman (DK).
Jeanette Lee (Rough Trade), Jude Rogers (The Guardian), Eric Deines (Jagjaguwar) and Stuart Maconie (BBC).
Overview of all Nordic nominees 2019
Bisse – Tanmaurk
Soho Rezanejad – Six Archetypes
Astrid Sonne – Human Lines
Jori Hulkkonen – Simple Music For Complicated People
Karina – Karina
GDRN – Hvað ef
GYDA – Evolution
Lil Halima – love songs for bad lovers
Marja Mortensson – Mojhtestasse
Sarah Klang – Love in the Milky Way
Robyn – Honey
Jenny Wilson – EXORCISM
Previous winners of The Nordic Music Prize since 2010
Jonsi (IS) – Go
Goran Kajfeš (SE) – X/Y
First Aid Kit (SE) – The Lion’s Roar
The Knife (SE) – Shaking the Habitual
Mirel Wagner (FI) – When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day
Band of Gold (NO) – Band of Gold
Jenny Hval (NO) – Blood Bitch
Susanne Sundfør (NO) — Music for People in Trouble