Benedicte Maurseth’s (CRF 2016) album Hárr has been nominated for the 2022 Nordic Music Prize. The Nordic Music Prize is an annual award that goes to the Best Nordic Album Of The Year. Inspired by the British & Irish Mercury Prize, the prize was introduced in 2010, and initiated by by:Larm. In setting up Nordic Music Prize, by:Larm had several aims: first, to create even stronger unity across the Nordic regions industry; second, to further increase international interest and awareness of what the region has to offer musically; and, last but not least, to refocus on the full-length album as an art form. The winner will receive a cash prize of 10,000 euros. Previous winners have included Jónsi, Goran Kafjes, First Aid Kit, The Knife, Mirel Wagner, Band of Gold, Jenny Hval, Susanne Sundfør and Robyn.
“As usual, putting together a twelve album shortlist for the Nordic Music Prize was an enriching experience. But at the same time happily difficult! The quality and diversity within the Nordic region continues to dazzle and the list manages to juggle an enticing variety of musical output – be it style, age, region or gender wise – running the gamut from accessible indie-pop to experimental avant-garde and picking up urban vibes and gothic Nordic-noir on the way. The prize will doubtless, as it has done since its inception in 2010, increase international interest and awareness of what Nordic countries have to offer musically while providing a highly visible platform for the already vibrant scene.”- The Nordic Jury