Two Wins for Laufey at 2024 Icelandic Music Awards

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The 2024 Icelandic Music Awards were held at Harpa’s Silfurberg auditorium last night. Twenty-two accolades were distributed, with Grammy-winner Laufey securing wins in two categories.

Elín Hall and PATRi!K among night’s performers

The 2024 Icelandic Music Awards were presented last night at the Silfurberg Auditorium within the Harpa Music and Conference Hall. Among those who took the stage were Elín Hall, Hipsumhaps, Bára Gísladóttir, and PATRi!K. The awards were hosted by Freyr Eyjólfsson.

A total of 22 awards were distributed, including the Honorary Award of the Icelandic Music Awards, received by organist and choir director Hörður Áskelsson, and Best Newcomer, awarded to Kári Egilsson.

Grammy-winner Laufey received two awards: Performer of the Year and Vocal Performance of the Year in the categories of Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, and Electronic.

Here is a list of the winners:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

Classical and Contemporary
Atli Heimir Sveinsson: The Complete String Quartets – Siggi String Quartet

Jazz
Innermost – Mikael Máni Ásmundsson

Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, and Electronic
Museum – JFDR

Other
BRIDGES II – Ægir

Film and Theatre
Knock At The Cabin – Herdís Stefánsdóttir

PERFORMER OF THE YEAR:

Jazz
Andrés Þór Gunnlaugsson

Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, and Electronic
Laufey

Classical and Contemporary
Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir

Other
Mugison

VOCAL PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR:

Jazz
Kristjana Stefánsdóttir

Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, and Electronic
Laufey

Classical and Contemporary
Jóhann Kristinsson

SONG AND COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR:

Other
Wandering Beings – Guðmundur Pétursson

Classical and Contemporary
COR – Bára Gísladóttir

Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, and Electronic
Skína – PATRi!K, Luigi

Jazz
Íslend­ing­ur í Uluwatu­hofi – Stefán S. Stefánsson

MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR:

Summer Jazz at Jómfrúin – Jómfrúin and Jakob Einar Jakobsson

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR:

I Am Weary, Don’t Let Me Rest – Snorri Hallgrímsson
Recording Directors: Bergur Þórisson, Cécile Lacharme, Hafsteinn Þráinsson, Martyn Heyne, Snorri Hallgrímsson, Styrmir Hauksson, Viktor Orri Árnason, and Þorsteinn Eyfjörð

LYRICS OF THE YEAR:

Hún ógnar mér – Vigdís Hafliðadóttir

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

Waiting – Árný Margrét
Director: Guðmundur Kristinn Jónsson

BEST NEWCOMER:

Kári Egilsson

HONORARY AWARD:

Hörður Áskelsson

The award for Album Cover of the Year was not presented last night, as the award, bestowed in collaboration with the Association of Icelandic Illustrators (FÍT), will be presented at the FÍT Awards on March 22.

ALBUM COVER OF THE YEAR (NOMINATIONS):

Átta – Sigur Rós: Design: Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson
v2,2 – Róshildur: Design: Þorgeir Kristinn Blöndal
Museum – JFDR: Design: Gréta Thorkelsdóttir and Dóra Dúna
Gleypir tígur, gleypir ljón – Tumi Árnason and Magnús Tryggvason Eliassen: Design: Héðinn Finnsson (Íbbagoggur)
How to Start a Garden – Nanna: Design: Davíð Arnar Baldursson and Ragnar Þórhallsson
Ást & praktík – Hipsumhaps: Design: Viktor Weisshappel Vilhjálmsson

Accolades Evenly Distributed at the Icelandic Music Awards

Icelandic Music Awards

The Icelandic Music Awards were held in Reykjavík yesterday. In what was an evening defined by a relatively even distribution of statues, singers Bríet and Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir, the bands Mono Town and FLOTT, and rapper Birnir took home two awards last night.

Pianist Anna Guðný Guðmundsdóttir honoured

Yesterday, the annual Icelandic Music Awards were held at the Harpa Music and Conference Hall in downtown Reykjavík. The event was emceed by singer Valgerður Guðnadóttir and actor Guðmundur Felixson. The bands BSÍ and FLOTT performed on stage, and so did pianist Magnús Jóhann, rapper Birnir, and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

Awards were presented by Minister of Culture and Business Affairs Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, with President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson giving away the statue for “brightest hope.” No one artist took home more than two awards: Birnir, FLOTT, Bríet, Mono Town, and Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir took home a pair of statues each.

Pianist Anna Guðný Guðmundsdóttir received this year’s Honourary Award for her contribution to Icelandic music. “I’ve been surrounded by music since I remember, and that has been my fortune. I believe that whoever lives in music need never be lonely, out of work, or without friends,” Anna Guðný stated in her acceptance speech.

Full list of winners

2022 Icelandic Music Awards Winners
Pop, Rock, Rap, Hip Hop, and Electronic Music

POP – BEST ALBUM
Mobile Home – GusGus

ROCK – BEST ALBUM
Mono Town Time Vol. 1 – Mono Town

RAP & HIP HOP – BEST ALBUM
Bushido – Birnir

ELECTRONIC MUSIC – BEST ALBUM
radio vatican – sideproject

POP – BEST SONG
Mér er drull – FLOTT

ROCK – BEST SONG
Vesturbæjar Beach – BSÍ

RAP & HIP HOP – BEST SONG
Vogur – Birnir

ELECTRONIC MUSIC – BEST SONG
Halda áfram – russian.girls

BEST MUSICAL EVENT
Kveðja, Bríet (release concert at Harpa) – Bríet

BEST LYRICIST
Teitur Magnússon

BEST SONGWRITER
Mono Town

BEST SINGER
John Grant

BEST PERFORMER
Bríet

BRIGHTEST HOPE (emerging artist awarded in collaboration with Rás 2)
FLOTT

 

CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

BEST ALBUM
Ethereality – Berglind María Tómasdóttir

BEST COMPOSITION
CATAMORPHOSIS – Anna Þorvaldsdóttir

BEST FESTIVAL
Björk Orkestral, Live from Reykjavík

BEST CONCERT
KOK Opera – Þórunn Gréta Sigurðardóttir

BEST SINGER
Herdís Anna Jónasdóttir

BEST SOLO PERFORMER
Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson

BEST GROUP PERFORMER
Mótettukórin (Choir)

EMERGING CLASSICAL ARTIST
Rannveig Marta Sarc

 

JAZZ AND BLUES

BEST ALBUM
Nightjar in the Northern Sky – Anna Gréta

BEST ORIGINAL COMPOSITION
Hlýnun – Tumi Árnason

BEST SONGWRITER
Anna Gréta

BEST SOLO PERFORMER
Magnús Trygvasen Eliassen

BEST GROUP PERFORMER
Sigmars Þór Matthíasson Band

BEST MUSICAL EVENT
Concert Series at Skuggabaldur

BRIGHTEST HOPE (emerging artist award)
Hróðmar Sigurðsson

OTHER MUSIC: OPEN CATEGORY, FOLK AND WORLD MUSIC, MUSIC FOR FILM AND THEATRE

BEST ALBUM – MUSIC FOR FILM AND THEATRE
Y: The Last Man – Herdís Stefánsdóttir

BEST ALBUM – FOLK AND WORLD MUSIC
Brek – Brek

BEST ALBUM – OPEN CATEGORY
Mother Melancholia – sóley

BEST SONG/COMPOSITION – OPEN CATEGORY
Vertu úlfur, title song – Emilíana Torrini, Markéta Irglová

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Ég er bara að ljúga er það ekki? –Annalísa Director: Annalísa Hermannsdóttir

BEST ALBUM ARTWORK
Án tillits – Magnús Jóhann & Skúli Sverrisson
Design: Halldór Eldjárn

BEST PRODUCTION
Ox – Gyða Valtýsdóttir.
Production: Gyða Valtýsdóttir and Úlfur Hansson

Three Wins for Pop Star Bríet at Icelandic Music Awards

Bríet - Icelandic pop singer wins the Icelandic Music Awards in 2021

The annual Icelandic Music Awards were held in Reykjavík last Saturday. Pop musician Bríet, who received seven nominations, took home three awards in the categories Pop Album of the Year, Lyricist of the Year, and Female Singer of the Year. Female artists won in six out of the nine Best Album genre categories.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nominees were invited to attend the presentation of the awards in small groups. The presentations were pre-recorded shortly before the ceremony was broadcast on Saturday evening. The broadcast did feature five live performances by nominees, however, including Best Jazz Album winner Ingibjörg Turchi and crowd favourite GusGus.

Read More: Bríet at the 2018 Iceland Airwaves Festival

Sigur Rós received this year’s Honourary Award for their contribution to Icelandic music over the past 17 years (the band was established in 1994). Unsurprisingly, Iceland’s Eurovision representative Daði Freyr won Best Pop Song for last year’s viral hit Think About Things.

A playlist featuring all of this year’s nominees is available on Spotify. The full list of winners is below.

2021 Icelandic Music Awards Winners

Pop, Rock, Rap, Hip Hop, and Electronic Music 

POP – BEST ALBUM
Kveðja, Bríet  – BRÍET

ROCK – BEST ALBUM
Endless Twilight of Codependent Love  – Sólstafir

RAP & HIP HOP – BEST ALBUM
VACATION  – CYBER

ELECTRONIC MUSIC – BEST ALBUM
Visions of Ultraflex  – Ultraflex

POP – BEST SONG
Think About Things – Daði Freyr

ROCK – BEST SONG
Haf trú – HAM

RAP & HIP HOP – BEST SONG
Geimvera  – JóiPé x Króli

ELECTRONIC MUSIC – BEST SONG
Think Too Fast  – JFDR

BEST MUSICAL EVENT
Heima með Helga

BEST LYRICIST
Bríet Ísis Elfar

BEST SONGWRITER
Hjaltalín

BEST MALE SINGER
Högni Egilsson

BEST FEMALE SINGER
Bríet Ísis Elfar

BEST PERFORMER
Bubbi Morthens

BEST MUSIC VIDEO (awarded in collaboration with albumm.is)
Sumarið sem aldrei kom – Jónsi. Leikstjórn: Frosti Jón Runólfsson

BRIGHTEST HOPE (emerging artist awarded in collaboration with Rás 2)
Gugusar

 

CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC 

BEST ALBUM
John Speight, Solo Piano Works  – Peter Máté

BEST COMPOSITION
Accordion Concerto – Finnur Karlsson

BEST FESTIVAL
Sönghátíð í Hafnarborg

BEST CONCERT
Brák og Bach

BEST FEMALE SINGER
Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir

BEST MALE SINGER
Stuart Skelton

BEST SOLO PERFORMER
Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson

BEST GROUP PERFORMER
Icelandic Symphony Orchestra

EMERGING CLASSICAL ARTIST
Steiney Sigurðardóttir (cellist)

 

JAZZ AND BLUES

BEST ALBUM
Meliae – Ingibjörg Turchi

BEST ORIGINAL COMPOSITION
Four Elements – Haukur Gröndal

BEST SONGWRITER
Sigurður Flosason

BEST SOLO PERFORMER
Haukur Gröndal

BEST GROUP PERFORMER
Frelsissveit Íslands

BEST MUSICAL EVENT
Reykjavík Jazz Festival

BRIGHTEST HOPE (emerging artist award)
Laufey Lín Jónsdóttir


OTHER MUSIC: OPEN CATEGORY, FOLK AND WORLD MUSIC, MUSIC FOR FILM AND THEATRE

BEST ALBUM – MUSIC FOR FILM AND THEATRE
Defending Jacob – Atli Örvarsson & Ólafur Arnalds

BEST ALBUM – FOLK AND WORLD MUSIC
Shelters one  – Jelena Ciric

BEST ALBUM – OPEN CATEGORY
EPICYCLE II – Gyða Valtýsdóttir

BEST SONG/COMPOSITION – OPEN CATEGORY
Astronaut  – Red Barnett

BEST ALBUM ARTWORK
PLASTPRINSESSAN  – K.óla:
Kata Jóhanness, Katrín Helga Ólafsdóttir, Ása Bríet Brattaberg, Arína Vala Þórðardóttir, Ída Arínudóttir, Elvar S. Júlíusson

BEST PRODUCTION
Meliae – Ingibjörg Turchi:
Sound engineer: Birgir Jón Birgisson, mixing and mastering: Ívar Ragnarsson

Vök, Auður, Hatari Among Icelandic Music Award Winners

The Icelandic Music Awards were held on Wednesday night, with 38 awards given out in the categories of Album of the Year, Singer of the Year, Music Video of the Year and more, RÚV reports.

Pop act Vök received eight nods, the most nominations this year, and walked away accordingly with three awards in the categories of Singer of the Year (Women), Songwriter of the Year (both awarded to frontwoman Margrét Rán Magnúsdóttir), and Pop Album of the Year for In the Dark. Musician Auður also received three awards for Singer of the Year (Men), Performer of the Year, and Pop Song of the Year for “Enginn eins og þú” (‘No One Like You’).

Oscar-winning composer Hildur Guðnadóttir won two awards for her soundtrack for the film Chernobyl in the categories of Album of the Year (in the Music for Theater and Film category) and Production of the Year.

Hatari, Iceland’s representative at Eurovision 2019, received five nominations, including Song of the Year (for their Eurovision entry “Hatrið mun sigra,” or ‘Hate Will Prevail’), Songwriter of the Year, Music Event of the Year (for their Eurovision performance), Performer of the Year, and Music Video of the Year. Hatari won in the categories Music Video of the Year and Music Event of the Year.

Icelandic Music Awards: 2020 Nominees Announced

Hatari at Iceland Airwaves 2019

“The 2019 music year will long be remembered for many reasons. The creativity and daring of Icelandic musicians did not escape anyone’s notice, neither here at home nor abroad,” a press release from the Icelandic Music Awards states. The press release highlighted Hildur Guðnadóttir’s Oscar-winning music for the film Joker as well as her score for the TV series Chernobyl, adding that there were also many fresh faces and exciting new developments on the scene.

Rock band Vök received the most nominations this year, with eight in total for their album In the Dark. The bands Hatari, Sykur, and Grísalappalísa have each received five nominations.

Within classical and contemporary music, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra boasts five nominations this year, and the Icelandic Opera three. Pianist Ingi Bjarni Skúlason’s album Tenging received the most nominations (five) within the jazz category.

Hildur Guðnadóttir, unsurprisingly, has three nominations in the category of music in film and theatre. Of Monsters and Men has been nominated for Album of the Year, Rock Song of the Year, and Music Video of the Year.

A full list of the nominees is available in Icelandic on the Icelandic Music Awards website.