The Nordic Music Prize’s jury announced at a ceremony during the by:Larm festival in Oslo on Thursday that this year’s Nordic Music Prize goes to Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit for the album The Lion’s Roar.
Retro Stefson by Retro Stefson.
“First Aid Kit secured the victory in close competition with 11 other nominees,” a press release states.
Among them were Icelandic troubadour Ásgeir Trausti, who was nominated for his debut Dýrð í dauðaþögn, and pop band Retro Stefson for their eponymous album.
Both artists also received six nominations each for the Icelandic Music Awards. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in concert and conference center Harpa in Reykjavík on February 20.
In 2011, Icelandic musician Jónsi of Sigur Rós won the first ever Nordic Music Prize for his solo album Go.
In other news of Ásgeir Trausti, he is set to perform at the 2013 Roskilde Festival in Denmark next summer, along with Sigur Rós and various foreign musicians, including Rihanna.
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