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Stargate wins “International Success of the Year”

By Christian Gran Svenningsen Posted: 14. Jun, 2019

Stargate received the award from H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon. (Photo: Michael «Akam1k3» Vera Cruz Angeles)

After yet another year of collaborations with some of the world’s biggest artists, Stargate was awarded with a Norwegian Grammy and grant.

Mikkel Storleer Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen have for the last 20 years made world wide hits under the name “Stargate,” and have worked with some of music’s biggest names. The year of 2018 was not an exception.

Tuesday they were honored for their work by receiving the award “International Success of the Year,” which is a collaboration between the Norwegien Grammy’s, «Spellemann,» and Music Norway.

The award was handed to the duo by H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon during Music Norway’s summer party in Oslo.

“The existence of this award is a manifestation of Norwegian music’s international position. When we started Stargate 20 years ago there was barely a Norwegian to be seen in the international music business. Now we are everywhere. We are proud to have been a part of this development, and are honored to receive this award,” Eriksen and Hermansen says.

International Success of the Year consists of a Spellemann statuette and a grant of 100.000 NOK provided by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture. The grant goes under the name «It all began here,» and will be given to a person/institution that has been vital for their careers. 

Stargate have chosen to give the grant to «LIMPI,» Lille Hammer Institute of Music Production and Industries. The money will be used towards a travelling grant for three graduates that have done well this past year. The chosen ones will be picked out by LIMPI in collaboration with Stargate. The duo will also provide a studio in Los Angeles for a whole week for each of the students.

Hermansen from Stargate has been a mentor at the school this past year, and the duo has been a good partner for the institution since the their opening in 2018.

“When we started out as Stargate 20 years ago there were people who believed in us and gave us a chance. We wish to pass this grant on to someone who already has decided to take that leap, and therefore we want it to be used as a travel grant for three graduates. We have with our own eyes seen how hard they have worked on their music, and this could be a contributor to sending a new generation of Norwegian talents out to the world. A grant like this is important in a starting phase, and last but not least, the sharing of ideas and knowledge is very important, which is something we as Stargate want to help with,” Hermansen says.

From the left: Kathrine Synnes Finnskog (Managing Director, Music Norway), H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon, Magnus Beite (Founder of LIMPI), Trine Skei Grande (Norwegian Minister of Culture and Equality), Mikkel Storleer Eriksen (Stargate), Emily-Madelen Aarsheim Harbakk (student representative from LIMPI), Tor Erik Hermansen (Stargate) and Marte Thorsby (Director of the board, Spellemann). (Photo: Michael «Akam1k3» Vera Cruz Angeles)

The jury’s statement:

There were many candidates for the International Success of the Year of 2018. However, there was one that stood out from the crowd. The candidate can look back at amazing work in the hemisphere of Norwegian pop. As mentors and advisers for the newly established Lillehammer Institute for Music Production & Industries (LIMPI), which gathers national and international musical talent, they have provided guidance and help. The candidate is the only Norwegian company that has been involved in songs that have hit number one one the “Billboard Hot 100 list” ten times.

Throughout 2018 they were involved in a number of albums, singles and remixes, and cooperated with artists such as David Guetta, tinashe, Offset, Future, Ne-Yo, Bebe Rexha og Stefflon Don and Sabrina Carpenter. The song “Issues” by Julia Michaels was nominated for a Grammy.

They were also contributors to Coldplay’s project “Global Citiizen – EP 1,” a project formed to fight extreme poverty, and included other artists such as Stormzy and Pharrel Williams.

They co-wrote and co-produced Khalid’s big hit “Better,” which was released in September 2018, and quickly reached #29 on the Hot 100, and  #12 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs. Better continued its rise and peaked at #8 on Hot 100 in 2018, continuing climbing into the new year and reached #1 on Hot R&B Songs in 2019.

Their contributions to the export of Norwegian music cannot be overestimated. It is therefore with great pleasure and pride that we give the prize for International Success of the Year to Stargate, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen!

The jury consisted of the following people: Limita Lunde (leader of the jury), Ali Wali (Nora Collective), Peter Peters (Manager for Madcon, CLMD), Martha Lyse (director, STAR Rogaland), Sara Øvinge (violinist, musician) and Andreas Schüller (writer and producer).

Former winners of the award:  
Ina Wroldsen (2017)
Alan Walker (2016)
Kygo (2015)

About the award:

International Success of the Year 2018 is a cooperation between Spellemann and Music Norway, which aims to honor international stories of success which contribute to increase the export of Norwegian music. The award also aims to put a spotlight in artists, song writers and producers that have taken Norwegian music beyond our borders, that promotes stories of Norwegian success internationally, and inspires a whole industry to go international.

The other nominees were:
Boy Pablo
Cashmere Cat
Leif Ove Andsnes
Lise Davidsen


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