While this reporter is entirely biased due to national affiliation, outside the Finnish Mirel Wagner – whose skeletal bluesy goth anthem No Death brought said biased reporter to tears – no one stands a chance against these Icelandic boys.
The nominees are as follows, and if you are a fan of Nordic Playlist’s weekly round up of Nordic music acts you can check out a special Nordic Music Prize playlist with tracks from each nominee.
Emilie Nicolas (NO) – Like I’m a Warrior
Gracias (FI) – Elengi
Iceage (DK) – Plowing Into the Field of Love
Lorentz (SE) – Kärlekslåtar
Lykke Li (SE) – I Never Learn
Neneh Cherry (SE) – Blank Project
Mirel Wagner (FI) – When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day
MØ (DK) – No Mythologies to Follow
Selvhenter (DK) – Motions of Large Bodies
Todd Terje (NO) – It’s Album Time
The Phonofile Nordic Music Prize, inspired by the British & Irish Mercury Prize was introduced in 2010. This year’s winner will receive a check for 500.000 ISK or about 4.000 USD, provided by GramArt.
Former winners include Jónsi (ICE), Goran Kajfes (SE), First Aid Kit (SE), and most recently The Knife (SE).