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Scarlett Johansson and Michael Caine at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2008

The Nobel Peace Prize Concert (Norwegian and Swedish: Nobels fredspriskonsert) has been held annually since 1994 on 11 December, to honour the Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The award ceremony on 10 December takes place in Oslo City Hall, while the concert has been held at Oslo Spektrum, with the attendance of the laureate and other prominent guests. The Concert is broadcast to a global audience and reaches up to 350 million households in 100 countries.

In 2015 a new distributor was announced and after 20 years at Oslo Spectrum, a change of concert venue was announced. The much larger Telenor Arena. The international entertainment giant IMG lost the job in obtaining sponsors and distribute it. Instead the concert will be produced by the Norwegian event agency Gyro in cooperation with the television production department to Norwegian Warner Bros, the former Eyeworks.[1]

The concert features performers from a wide range of musical genres, the exception being the year of 1995, when a classical concert was held instead. Several editions of the concert are recorded, with different lengths and content, for airing in several countries.

The hosts give descriptions of the winner's work, an interview with the winner is shown, and the winner gives a speech during the concert.

Contents

Laureates, hosts and artists by yearEdit

Since planning starts in January, the artists invited to the concert aren't typically connected to the winner, who is announced in October. However, a few late additions are usually made to reflect the winner. Originally, the show was hosted by Norwegian celebrities or television personalities. However, since the year 2000 hosts have with few exceptions come from the United States of America. The Norwegian Radio Orchestra is the main orchestra every year.

1994Edit

Laureates
Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin
Host
Erik Bye
Artists

1995Edit

Laureates
Joseph Rotblat and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs

This year a concert featuring only classical works was held.

1996Edit

Laureates
Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo and José Ramos-Horta
Host
Lise Fjeldstad
Artists

1997Edit

Laureates
International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and Jody Williams
Host
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir
Artists
Producers

Harry Connick Jr brought 35 musicians with him on stage, when performing at the concert in 1997.

1998Edit

Laureates
John Hume and David Trimble
Host
Åse Kleveland
Artists
Producers

At the concert in 1998, American TV network Fox, did not include A-ha's performance, which was edited out. Another performance edited out by Fox in 1998, was Norwegian artist Espen Lind's "Pop From Hell". The word "hell" was not the problem, but the following sentence: "You make me so hard/because you're a star". A Fox-producer stated it would be too much to take for the American family audience. Espen Lind was told his performance would not be edited out if he did not include the word "hard" in the song, but he would not change the lyrics. He said he did not want to let himself be controlled by a double-moralistic American family channel, and that such compromises were not acceptable for him to make.

1999Edit

Laureate
Médecins Sans Frontières
Host
Claus Wiese
Voice-over: David Fishel
Artists

2000Edit

Laureate
Kim Dae-jung
Host
Jane Seymour (short notice cancellation by Meryl Streep)
Artists

2001Edit

Laureates
The United Nations and Kofi Annan
Hosts
Liam Neeson and Meryl Streep
Artists

The 2001 concert's closing song was "Let It Be", performed by Paul McCartney and the other artists.

2002Edit

Laureate
Jimmy Carter
Hosts
Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange
Artists

The Grand Finale in 2002, performed by all the artists, was "Imagine" by John Lennon.

2003Edit

Laureate
Shirin Ebadi
Hosts
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas
Artists

The Grand Finale in 2003, sung by all the artists, was "Imagine". Robert Plant sang and changed the word "religion" with "division" in the sentence "Nothing to kill or die for/ And no division too".

2004Edit

Laureate
Wangari Maathai
Hosts
Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise
Artists

The use of Tom Cruise as a host created some controversy both from people fearing it could be used to promote Scientology[2] and from people who were unhappy with his supportive statements on the Iraq War.[3] There was however no mention of Scientology during the concert and Cruise has stated his remarks on the war were misquoted. The Grand Finale was led by Patti LaBelle. For the third year in a row, the song chosen for the finale was John Lennon's "Imagine".

2005Edit

Laureates
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Mohamed ElBaradei
Hosts
Julianne Moore and Salma Hayek
Artists

The Grand Finale in 2005, sung by all the artists, was "Give Peace a Chance".

2006Edit

Laureates
Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank
Hosts
Sharon Stone and Anjelica Huston
Artists

The artists joined Lionel Richie on stage at the end of the show when/after he was singing "All Night Long".

2007Edit

Laureates
Al Gore and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Hosts
Kevin Spacey (short notice cancellation by Tommy Lee Jones) and Uma Thurman[4]
Artists

2008Edit

Laureate
Martti Ahtisaari
Hosts
Scarlett Johansson[5] & Michael Caine[6]
Artists

The artists joined Diana Ross on stage at the end of the show when/after she was singing Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand).

2009Edit

 
Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2009
Laureate
Barack Obama (did not attend the concert)
Hosts
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith with additional appearance by their children Jaden Smith and Willow Smith[8]
Artists

The Grand Finale in 2009, sung by all the artists, was Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror".

2010Edit

 
Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2010
Laureate
Liu Xiaobo (absent)
Hosts
Denzel Washington and Anne Hathaway[9][10]
Artists

All artists performed Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" as the finale to the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Concert.

2011Edit

Laureates
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Roberta Gbowee and Tawakel Karman
Hosts
Helen Mirren[11] and Rosario Dawson[12]
Artists

All artists joined with Angélique Kidjo on the stage singing the song "Move On Up" as the finale to the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Concert.

2012Edit

Laureate
European Union[15]
Hosts
Sarah Jessica Parker and Gerard Butler[16]
Artists

2013Edit

Laureate
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons[20]
Hosts
Claire Danes [21] and Aaron Eckhart [22]
Artists
[23][24]
  • Mary J. Blige - "Family Affair", "Just Fine", "One" (finale)
  • James Blunt - "You're Beautiful", "Bonfire Heart", "No Bravery"
  • Envy (aka. Nico & Vinz) - "In Your Arms", "Am I Wrong"
  • Zara Larsson - "Uncover"
  • Morrissey - "Satellite Of Love", "People Are The Same Everywhere", "Irish Blood, English Heart"
  • Jake Bugg - "Broken", "A Song About Love"
  • Timbuktu feat. Vinni - "Alla Vill Till Himmelen Men Få Vill Ju Dö", "Let The Monkey Out"
  • Omar Souleyman - "Salamat Galbi Bidek"
  • Norwegian Radio Orchestra conducted by Nick Davies (featured in all performances)
  • Mosaic (Gospel Choir) (featured in Envy's "Am I Wrong", Timbuktu's "Alla vill till himmelen men ingen vill dö" and "Let the Monkey Out" and Mary J. Blige's "One")

2014Edit

Laureates
Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi
Host
Queen Latifah [25] (also performed two songs during the show: "I Know Where I've Been" and "U.N: I.T.Y.")
Artists
[26][27][28][29]

Much of the concert of 2014 will future / be influenced by Bollywood performances.

2015Edit

Laureates
Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet[30]
Hosts
Jay Leno (main program),[31] Derek Muller (YouTube backstage host) [32]
Artists

2016Edit

Laureate
President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos for his peace negotion efforts with FARC[36]
Host
Conan O'Brien (also performed a short "traditional Norwegian song" based on Jørn Hoel's "Har en drøm" with the orchestra after Halsey's set)
Artists

International broadcastersEdit

Country Broadcaster
  Norway NRK
  USA Fox Broadcasting Company
  UK Sky Arts
  Sweden SVT
  Denmark DR K
  Australia ABC2
  India Zee Café
  Indonesia MetroTV
  Italy Playme.tv, repeat Mediaset
  Turkey TRT
  Iceland SkjárEinn
  Argentina Channel 7
  Brasil TV Bandeirantes

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Article in Dagbladet on Cruise, Scientology and the Concert (Norwegian) Retrieved 12 December 2006
  3. ^ Article from BBC NEWS on Cruise and Spielberg backing the war in Iraq Retrieved 12 December 2006
  4. ^ Article in BT on the concert (in Norwegian)
  5. ^ "Nobel Institute nabs high-profile concert host". Aftenposten. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "Michael Caine to co-host Nobel Concert". International Herald Tribune. Associated Press. 28 October 2008. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  7. ^ Dierks Bentley. "Sideways". AOL Music Sessions. AOL Inc. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Will Smith skal lede Nobelkonserten. side2.no. 2009-09-30.
  9. ^ "Anne Hathaway is a special guest at Nobel Peace Prize celebrations (yes, really!)". Daily Mail. 11 December 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "Denzel Washington leder Nobelkonserten - VG Nett om Nobels fredspris". Vg.no. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  11. ^ Mirren leder fredspriskonserten. nrk.no. 2011-11-18.
  12. ^ "Hollywood-stjerne leder Nobelkonserten - kultur". Dagbladet.no. 2011-11-24. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g Janelle Monáe til Nobelkonserten. nrk.no. 2011-10-19.
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  16. ^ "Sex og singelliv-stjernen leder Nobelkonserten - Aftenposten". Aftenposten.no. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  17. ^ a b "Hudson og Seal klare for Nobelkonserten - VG Nett". Vg.no. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  18. ^ Fikk applaus for engasjement (11 December 2012). nrk.no.
  19. ^ a b c d e Lise Grønskar lise.gronskar@dagbladet.no (2012-11-28). "Ne-Yo kommer til Norge - kultur". Dagbladet.no. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
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  24. ^ http://www.dagbladet.no/2013/11/26/kultur/musikk/nobel/nobelkonserten/morrissey/30511295/
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  33. ^ This selection was performed before the actual show started. It did not appear in the televised broadcast, but was featured in the YouTube preshow.
  34. ^ http://www.dagbladet.no/2015/10/25/kultur/aurora_aksnes/musikk/konsert/aurora/41641749/
  35. ^ http://www.nrk.no/kultur/kygo-spiller-pa-fredspriskonserten-1.12658891
  36. ^ http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37585188
  37. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3JcI2JWF8U
  38. ^ This selection was performed before the actual show started. It did not appear in the televised broadcast, but was uploaded as a separate clip on the concert's YouTube page.
  39. ^ http://p3.no/musikk/stjerneskudd-til-nobelkonserten/
  40. ^ "Tickets for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Concert is here! (link in bio) First band out is @Highasakiteband #nppc pic.twitter.com/FmALPmXOrM" Nobel Peace Prize Concert Twitter account, 01 July 2016
  41. ^ http://www.dagbladet.no/kultur/marcus-og-martinus-til-nobelkonserten/63972587

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