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.

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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 Ólafur Arnalds Receives Emmy Nomination

Ólafur Arnalds musician

Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds has been nominated for an Emmy award for the theme song of TV series Defending Jacob. Ólafur was nominated in the category Outstanding Original Main Theme Title Music. The winners will be announced on September 20, 2020.

If he wins the Emmy, Ólafur would not be the first Icelandic composer to do so. Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir won the prestigious award last September for her music for the HBO miniseries Chernobyl. Icelanders have previously been nominated for Emmys in the categories of cinematography and directing.

The Defending Jacob theme can be heard below.