Open main menu

The Phonofile Nordic Music Prize is an annual award for the Best Nordic Album Of The Year, inspired by the Mercury Prize and introduced in 2010. The prize was initiated by the by:Larm conference in Norway. The first Nordic Music Prize was presented by the Prince Of Norway during by:Larm in Oslo in February 2011.[1]

Phonofile Nordic Music Prize
NMP logo.jpg
The Nordic Music Prize logo
Awarded forBest album from the Nordic Countries
Presented byPhonofile
First awarded2011

The prize was created to create a stronger unity across the Nordic countries industry, to increase international interest and awareness of what the region has to offer musically and, to refocus on the full-length album as an art form.[1]

The winner is decided by a selection involving each Nordic country's domestic recording industry, that lead to representatives converging on Oslo with a list of ten albums from their nation, and these are then whittled down to 12 final nominations. The final choice is made by a jury composed of international journalists and label people.[1]



The Nordic Music Prize CommitteeEdit

  • Anna Ullman – Denmark
  • Annah Björk – Sweden
  • Ilkka Mattila – Finland
  • Audun Vinger – Norway
  • Arnar Eggert Thoroddsen – Iceland

Winners and nomineesEdit

Jónsi won the inaugural edition in 2011
2012 winner Goran Kajfeš
2013 winners First Aid Kit
2014 winners The Knife
2015 winner Mirel Wagner
2017 winner Jenny Hval
2018 winner Susanne Sundfør
Year Winner Nominees Ref(s)
2011   Jónsi - Go [2]
2012   Goran Kajfeš – X/Y [2]
2013   First Aid KitThe Lion's Roar [3]
2014   The KnifeShaking the Habitual [4][5]
2015   Mirel WagnerWhen the Cellar Children See the Light of Day

2016   Band of Gold – Band of Gold

2017   Jenny HvalBlood Bitch

2018   Susanne SundførMusic for People in Trouble


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "About Nordic Music Prize". Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b "PREVIOUS WINNERS". Archived from the original on 5 December 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  3. ^ "THE NOMINEES FOR BEST NORDIC ALBUM 2012 ARE:". Archived from the original on 18 May 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  4. ^ "The nominees for best Nordic album 2013 are". Archived from the original on 6 March 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  5. ^ Studarus, Laura (1 March 2014). "The Knife Wins the Nordic Music Prize". Under the Radar. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  6. ^ "The Phonofile Nordic Music Prize nominees announced". Music Finland. 11 February 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Björk, Jenny Hval, and Jaakko Eino Kalevi Nominated for the Phonofile Nordic Music Prize". Under the Radar - Music Magazine. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  8. ^ "The Phonofile Nordic Music Prize returns for a seventh edition!". Nordic Playlist. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  9. ^ Calabrese, Chris. "Presenting This Year's Nominees for The Nordic Music Prize, Powered by The Orchard". The Daily Rind. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  10. ^ Yoo, Noah. "Susanne Sundfør Wins 2018 Nordic Music Prize Over Björk, Fever Ray". Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 March 2018.

External linksEdit