Norwegian artists and producers fared well as the nominations for the 57th annual Grammy were unveiled this weekend. No less than six Grammy nominations is pretty close to a record for the Norwegian music industry.
True to form, the highly respected audiophile record label 2L takes home yet another set of nominations in 2014: In the category ‘Best Surround Sound Album’, 2L’s production ‘Beppe – Remote Galaxy’ receives a nomination, as does the outing ‘Dyrud – Out Of Darkness’ in the ‘Best Choral Performance’ category. Perhaps the most prestigious nomination comes in the ‘Producer of the Year, Classical’ category where 2L’s Morten Lindberg receives a well-deserved nomination.
Says 2L’s Morten Lindberg on the company’s 20th (!) Grammy-nomination:
– What we are now seeing is a long-term US focus that is bearing fruits. I think we’ve managed to create a consistently high quality in our productions which, over time, creates a far greater effect than traditional marketing. With aid from Music Norway and a strong Norwegian cultural policy, we have managed to establish a presence in the US market for our music products.
2L have garnered no less than 20 Grammy nominations since 2006.Thirteen of the nominations have come in the categories ‘Best Engineered Album’, ‘Best Surround Sound Album’ and ‘Producer of the Year’.
From Röyksopp to Dybdahl & Bernhoft
This year’s Norwegian Grammy nominations span the gap from classical choir productions to electronica and R&B.
Bernhoft’s 2014 album ‘Islander’ receives a prestigious nomination in the Best R&B Album category alongside such acts as Aloe Blacc and Toni Braxton.
Says an elated Bernhoft to Music Norway:
– I’m so stoked – this is such a massive pat on the shoulder of approval that said shoulder is now virtually dislocated. It’s a huge surprise too – I’ve hardly shook the ground yet in the US. All said, I´ll keep on doing my thing and with the shoulder back in its socket I´ll keep on rocking.
In the category ‘Best Dance/Electronic Album’, Röyksopp & Robyn’s celebrated EP ‘Do It Again’ is bestowed with a well-deserved nomination. Röyksopp’s last Grammy nomination came in 2010 when ‘The Girl and the Robot’ was nominated as best Non-Classical remix.
In the category ‘Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical’, Thomas Dybdahl’s album ‘What’s Left Is Forever’ takes home another Norwegian nomination.
On a side note, the Norwegian choir Cantus is featured with two entries on the soundtrack for the motion picture ‘Frozen’ which is nominated in to categories for best motion picture soundtrack.