Björk’s Fossora Nominated for Grammy in Best Alternative Music

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Björk’s latest album, Fossora, has been nominated for the 2023 Grammy awards under the category Best Alternative Music Album.

Fossora, released in September of this year, is Björk’s most recent album-length work since her 2017 album, Utopia. It has been well-received by critics, and concerns topics such as motherhood, loss, and grief.

Other nominations in the category include Arcade Fire, Big Thief, Wet Leg, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Notably, the nomination will be Björk’s 16th Grammy nomination, but she has yet to take home the prestigious American award.

The 65th annual Grammy awards will be broadcast on February 5, 2023.

Check out our recent interview with Björk on her latest album, unlocked for all readers.

Icelandic Singer Dísella Lárusdóttir Wins Grammy

Dísella Lárusdóttir

Classical singer Dísella Lárusdóttir was awarded a Grammy last night in the Best Opera Recording category. Dísella snagged the award for a live recording of Philip Glass’ opera Akhnaten. The opera was written in 1983 and is about the life and religious convictions of Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten.

Dísella (b. 1977) is a critically-acclaimed soprano, who has performed in New York’s Metropolitan Opera as well as in Italy. The New York Times has used the words “beauty, ease, and artistry” to describe her singing, as well as calling it “reliably breathtaking.”

Icelandic musician Ólafur Arnalds was also nominated for two Grammies this year, in the categories of Best Arrangement, Instrument and Vocals, and Best Dance/Electronic Recording.

Dísella Lárusdóttir / Instagram.

Ólafur Arnalds Nominated For Two Grammy Awards

Musician Ólafur Arnalds has been nominated for two Grammies at the 2022 Grammy Awards, one for best dance/electronic recording and another for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals.

Ólafur is nominated in two out of the Grammies’ 86 categories. Loom by Ólafur Arnalds featuring Bonobo is nominated in the category of Best Dance/Electronic Recording. He is also nominated for Best Arrangement, Instrument and Vocals for the song The Bottom Line, performed by him and Josin.

This is the first time Ólafur is nominated for a Grammy but he has been nominated for a Bafta and an Emmy before. Ólafur told RÚV he hadn’t booked his flight to California yet for the January 31 award ceremony, but that he is very pleased with his nominations.

 

Composer Hildur Guðnadóttir Wins Second Grammy Award

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Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir added a Grammy to the plethora of awards she has received for her original music in the film Joker last night. She accepted the award virtually from her home in Berlin. Hildur won in the same category last year for her soundtrack for the HBO series Chernobyl. The two scores have earned her a Golden Globe, BAFTA, Oscar, Emmy and several other awards over the past year.

When asked how she would celebrate the win, Hildur responded: “It’s getting kind of late over here so I’m going to celebrate by tucking my son into bed and going to sleep myself,” Hildur laughed. “And maybe getting myself a little bit of bite of tiramisu since my dog ate my bowl that I left on the table when I popped out of the room.”

She gave some words of advice to aspiring film composers as well. “Really listen to what it is that you personally have to say and follow that, and follow through with that, even though it might take a little bit longer to go down that route, people are going to hear you in the end if you stay true to that.”

Iceland Review interviewed Hildur about the making of Joker and Chernobyl.

Iceland Symphony Orchestra Nominated For Grammy

Iceland Symphony Orchestra in Eldborg Hall

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra’s album Concurrence is nominated for a Grammy award in the category Best Orchestral Performance. IN the album, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daníel Bjarnason, performs new pieces by four Icelandic Composers, Anna Þorvaldsdóttir, Haukur Tómasson, María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir and Páll Ragnar Pálsson. Soloists are cellist Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir and pianist Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson. The album is the second of three in the collaboration of the orchestra and the US record label Sono Luminus, where the orchestra will perform 14 new Icelandic orchestral pieces in total, conducted by Daníel. The final addition to the series, Occurrence, is expected in January 2021.

Read more on the birth of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra

The New York Times chose Concurrence as one of its 25 best Classical Music Tracks of 2019 and NPR chose it as one of its 10 classical albums to usher in the next decade. Five albums are nominated for a Grammy in this category. Other nominees include the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Fransisco Symphony.

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has been nominated for a Grammy once before, in 2009 in the same category.

Hildur Wins Grammy for Chernobyl

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Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir continued her winning streak last night in Los Angeles, taking home a Grammy award in the category of Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for the series Chernobyl. Hildur won an Emmy for the score in September, and was named Television Composer of the Year at the World Soundtrack Awards last October. Hildur is currently nominated for an Oscar for her film score for Joker.

Emmy win, Oscar and BAFTA nominations

The Chernobyl score was created using field recordings from a nuclear power plant. It beat out four other nominees in the category, including Alan Silvestri’s Avengers: Endgame, and Hans Zimmer’s score for The Lion King. Hildur’s statue collection could receive a couple more additions next month: she has been nominated for a BAFTA Award and an Oscar for her score for the acclaimed Joker. The BAFTAs will be presented on February 2 and the Oscars on February 9.

First solo Icelander to win a Grammy?

Only one Icelander has previously won a Grammy award: violinist Sigurbjörn Bernharðsson, who won as part of Pacifica Quartet for the group’s 2008 recording of Elliott Carter’s String Quartets No. 1 & 5. In 2018, both the band Kaleo and Hildur’s former collaborator Jóhann Jóhannsson were nominated for Grammy awards. Björk, unsurprisingly, also belongs to the group of Icelandic Grammy nominees – she holds the distinction of being the female artist with the most Grammy nominations without a win: 15.

Iceland Review interviewed Hildur about her work on both Joker and Chernobyl.

 

Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Hildur was the first Icelander to win a Grammy.

Icelanders Nominated for Grammy Awards

 

Film composer Hildur Guðnadóttir and classical composer Anna Þorvaldsdóttir both have a reason to attend the upcoming Grammy awards in January. Hildur has been nominated for her music in HBO series Chernobyl, while Anna’s album Aequa has been nominated in the category of Best Engineered Album (Classical).

Hildur’s music in Chernobyl has been nominated in the category of Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media. The score, built from recordings of a nuclear power plant, won her an Emmy earlier this year. Her fellow nominees in the category include Ramin Djawadi for Game of Thrones (Season 8), Hans Zimmer for Lion King, and Alan Silvestri for Avengers: Endgame.

Iceland Review spoke with Hildur about her work on both Chernobyl and the Joker film earlier this year.