Seeing how the Nords continue to be a major exporter of pop and indie music, it is only fitting the region should have its own music award. The organizers of the annual by:Larm Music Festival in Norway have announced the nominees for its first Nordic Music Prize.
The prize is similar to other regional or national music prizes, like the Mercury or Polaris. Journos and industry folks from the five Nordic countries (I had to look this up: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) participated in the nomination process. This jury used a form -- presumably the one included on the Music Prize web site (see above image).
How good is the list? Ask the Swedish representative of the nomination process Jan Gradvall: "I personally think the 12 nominees are really good. All the nominated albums are made by artists with unique artistic visions." Ok.
Prefixers will recognize a number of favorites, like Dungen and Robyn, which may make the prize seem generic. However, of more interest may be the lesser-known artists, like Frisk Frugt and Kvelertak.
The full list is below:
• Dungen: Skit i allt
• Paleface Helsinki: Shangri-La
• Frisk Frugt: Dansktoppen møder Burkina Faso i det himmelblå rum hvor solen bor, suite
• Susanne SundførL The Brothel
• Robyn: Body Talk
• Jónsi: Go Do
• Efterklang: Magic Chairs
• Serena Maneesh: S-M 2: Abyss in B Minor
• The Radio Dept.: Clinging to a Scheme
• Ólöf Arnalds: Innundir Skinni
• Kvelertak: Kvelertak
• First Aid Kit: The Big Black & the Blue
Another jury of journos and industry folk will make the final decision during the upcoming by:Larm festival between Feb. 17-19, 2010.
For more information about the Nordic Music Prize, please visit its web site here.