The 12 nominees for this year's Hyundai Nordic Music Prize have been announced. Finland's finalists are folky indie pop duo Karina's debut and acclaimed electronic artist Jori Hulkkonen's latest full-length.
Hyundai Nordic Music Prize is one of the most significant music awards in the Nordic region. The prize for the Best Nordic Album of 2018 will be announced on 28 February at the by:Larm Festival and Conference in Oslo, Norway. It is the only prize that celebrates musical talents across the entire Nordic region (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden).
Inspired by the UK’s Mercury Prize, the award was instigated in 2010 by by:Larm, the leading music industry festival held every year in Oslo, Norway. Last year the winner was Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfør for her fifth album Music for People in Trouble.
The Nordic jury, comprising Audun Vinger (NO), Arnar Eggert Thoroddsen (IS), Ilkka Mattila (FI), Annah Björk (SE) and Anna Ullman (DK), have collectively prepared a shortlist of 12 nominees for this year’s Hyundai Nordic Music Prize. After the nominees have been selected, an international jury – consisting of Jeanette Lee (Rough Trade), Jude Rogers (The Guardian), Eric Deines (Jagjaguwar) and Stuart Maconie (BBC) to decide which one will end up as this year’s winner.
This year's complete Hyundai Nordic Music Prize shortlist is the following:
- Astrid Sonne: Human Lines (Denmark)
- Bisse: Tanmaurk (Denmark)
- Soho Rezenejad: Six Archetypes (Denmark)
- Jori Hulkkonen: Simple Music for Complicated People (Finland)
- Karina: Karina (Finland)
- GDRN: Hvað ef (Iceland)
- GYDA: Evolution (Iceland)
- Lil Halima: Love Songs for Bad Lovers (Norway)
- Marja Mortensson: Mojhtestasse (Norway)
- Jenny Wilson: Exorcism (Sweden)
- Robyn: Honey (Sweden)
- Sarah Klang: Love in the Milky Way (Sweden)