The Icelandic Music Awards is Iceland’s official annual prize ceremony rewarding musical achievements of the previous year. It was held for the first time in 1993 with a rock award. Since then, the awards show has added a lot more categories, like jazz, classical, rap and hip-hop, pop, etc. Previous award winners include Sigur Rós, Björk, Mammút, John Grant, Skálmöld, Agent Fresco, Kaleo, Of Monsters and Men, and many more.

In this article, What’s On presents the Icelandic Music Awards Nominees 2019 Spotify playlist! Let us present some of this year’s nominees to you.

The Icelandic Music Awards are held on March 13 at Harpa Concert Hall, with a live broadcast on Iceland’s National Broadcasting Service RÚV.

The What’s On Icelandic Music Awards Nominees 2019 Spotify Playlist

1. Auður – 2020

Auður is one of the biggest nominees this year, with nominations in eight categories. His latest album Afsakanir is a brutally honest narrative of heartbreak after ending a long-term relationship. He was invited to join the Red Bull Music Academy in 2016. Auður has now signed a record deal with Sony Music and will be releasing his first international release.

Nominations:

  • Album of the Year – Electronic Music with his album Afsakanir
  • Male Singer of the Year
  • Song of the Year – Pop with Heimskur og breyskur
  • Lyricist of the Year
  • Songwriter of the Year
  • Music Video of the Year with Afsakanir
  • Production of the Year with Afsakanir
  • Performer of the Year
Icelandic Music Awards 2019 Playlist

2. GDRN – Lætur mig

GDRN hasn’t been around for long, first appearing to the scene about two years ago, but she has been getting more and more attention with her R and B sound. She scored a big hit with her single Lætur mig.

Nominations:

  • Album of the Year – Pop
  • Female Singer of the Year
  • Song of the Year – Pop with Lætur mig
  • Lyricist of the Year
  • Composer of the Year
  • Music Video of the Year with Lætur mig
Icelandic Music Awards 2019 Playlist

3. aYia – Water Plant

Three-piece band aYia is nominated in the category Album of the Year – Electronic Music with aYia. The album is filled with abstract, electronic songs tied together by the haunting, dreamy voice of their lead singer. Their debut single Water Plant was released September 2018.

Nominations:

  • Album of the Year – Electronic Music with aYia

4. BRÍET – DINO

Young talent BRÍET makes a mix of R and B and electro pop. To the playlist we added her newest single and catchy earworm DINO.

Nominations:

  • Best Female Singer of the Year
  • Song of the Year – Pop with In Too Deep
  • Best Upcoming Act

5. GYDA – Moonchild

GYDA is the newest project of Gyða Valtýsdóttir, who you might know from the experimental Icelandic band múm. She left the band years ago and has since finished her music education and has collaborated with The Kronos Quartet, Josephine Foster, Damien Rice, Colin Stetson, Jónsi, Aaron & Bryce Dessner (from The National), and many more.

Nominations:

  • Album of the Year – Open Category with Evolution
  • Album of the Year – Theatre and Film Scores with Mihkel
  • Song of the Year – Open Category with Moonchild
Icelandic Music Awards 2019 Playlist

6. Valdimar – Stimpla mig út

Indie pop band Valdimar has been leaving their mark on the Icelandic music scene since 2009. They scored big hits with Yfirgefinn (2010), Ryðgaður Dans (2014), and Yfir Borgina (2012). Their latest album Sitt sýnist hverjum was released September 2018.

Nominations:

  • Album of the Year – Rock with Sitt sýnist hverjum
  • Singer of the Year
  • Song of the Year – Rock with Stimpla mig út
  • Lyricist of the Year
  • Composer of the Year
  • Concert of the Year with their release concert of Sitt sýnist hverjum
  • Production of the Year with Sitt sýnist hverjum

7. Une Misère – Wounds

Une Misère is an Icelandic hardcore band that emerged from the underground Icelandic metal scene. They name Amenra, Trap Them, and Full of Hell as their inspirations. They won the Wacken Metal Battle in 2017, leading to the band performing at the notorious metal festival that same year. They are making waves with their rebellious punk attitude and strong stage presence.

Nominations:

  • Song of the Year – Rock with Wounds
  • Best Upcoming Act
Icelandic Music Awards 2019 Playlist

8. Jóhann Jóhannsson – Odi et Amo

Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (1969-2018) is known for his electronic/classical orchestrations and was one of the most popular composers of his time. He worked on many film scores, including Arrival, Mandy, and The Theory of Everything, winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for the latter.

Nominations:

  • Album of the Year – Theatre and Film Scores with Mandy
  • Album of the Year – Classical and Contemporary with Englabörn & Variations.
Icelandic Music Awards 2019 Playlist

9. Anna Þorvalds – Scape

Anna Þorvalds has been named as one of the most compelling contemporary composers. She’s nominated in the categories Album of the Year – Classical and Contemporary with AEQUA and Composition of the Year with METACOSMOS and Spectra. AEQUA was released November 2018 and Scape is the first song of the album.

Nominations:

  • Album of the Year – Classical and Contemporary with AEQUA
  • Composition of the Year with METACOSMOS and Spectra

10. Ólafur Arnalds – re:member

BAFTA-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer Ólafur Arnalds, known for his unique blend of minimal piano and string compositions with electronic sounds, is nominated in the category Music Video of the Year with re:member. The song is part of Ólafur Arnald’s fourth official solo album, re:member, which was released August 2018

Nominations:

  • Music Video of the Year with re:member

 

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