The Icelandic Music Awards were held last night in Reykjavík and pop artist GDRN cleaned up, taking home 4 trophies.


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The awards ceremony honours the achievements of artists across the spectrum of the Icelandic music industry. It’s Iceland’s version of the Grammy Awards. This year the ceremony took place at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík.

Below: a tweet during the awards ceremony from the Icelandic Music Association that says ‘If you bump into this person, help them with their statues,’ in reference to GDRN’s many wins. 


GDRN (Guðrún Ýr Eyfjörð Jóhannesdóttir) released her debut album ‘Hvað ef’ in 2018. It was one of the most anticipated releases of the year, earning her critical praise in the  Icelandic music scene. At the Icelandic Music Awards, she won; Pop Album of the Year, Music Video of the Year, Female Singer of the Year and Song of the Year.

Above: Lætur mig by GDRN won Music Video of the Year

Electronic music singer-songwriter Auður (Auðunn Lúthersson) also had a good night as far as awards are concerned. He received the most nominations of the evening, eight in total. Auður took home two awards; Electronic Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

Credit: Auður Facebook

A genre that has become synonymous with modern Icelandic music is Hip Hop, and this year the big winners of this category were suburban rappers and guest stars of season two of ‘Trapped’, JóiPé & Króli.

The pair, who broke through the Icelandic rap scene with their 2017 hit B.O.B.A. won both Best Hip Hop Album and Hip Hop Song of the Year.

Credit: JóPé X Króli Facebook

Other multiple winners this year included; Víkingur Heiðar, Karl Olgeirsson, Valdimar, and Jónas Sig.

The televised event presented awards in 37 categories as well as a lifetime achievement award.

The awards are chosen by several committees and overseen by the Icelandic Music Association.

BDSM Techno metal group Hatari won Performer of the Year, and of course, delivered an interesting ‘on brand’ acceptance speech.

They Addressed Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir saying, “We sincerely support you but we think it’s time to explain to the country whether Iceland is among the nations who associate themselves with universally acknowledged human rights, democracy and just society. We’re a little bit confused.”

Many Icelandic Music Award winners from previous years have gone on to earn international acclaim. Bands like Kaleo, Of Monsters and Men and Mammút have all been past winners.

Below is the complete list of nominees and winners of the 2019 Icelandic Music Awards.

Album of the Year: Rap and hip-hop

JóiPé & Króli – Afsakið hlé (winner)
Elli Grill – Pottþétt Elli Grill
Birnir – Matador
Herra Hnetusmjör – KBE kynnir: Hetjan úr hverfinu
Cyber – Bizness

Album of the Year: Rock

Valdimar – Sitt sýnist hverjum (winner)
Benny Crespo’s gang – Minor Mistakes
Vintage Caravan – Gateways
Dr. Spock – Leður
Hórmónar – Nananabúbú

Album of the Year: Pop

Prins Póló – Þriðja kryddið
John Grant – Love Is Magic
Jónas Sig – Milda Hjartað
Svavar Knútur – Ahoy! Side A
GDRN- Hvað ef (winner)


Album of the Year: Electronic

Auður – Afsakanir (winner)
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Kælan Mikla – Nótt eftir nótt
Andi – Allt í Einu
Hermigervill – II

Male Singer of the Year

Auður
Valdimar Guðmundsson (winner)
John Grant
Króli (Kristinn Óli Haraldsson)
Svavar Knútur

Female Singer of the Year

GDRN (winner)
Margrét Rán
JFDR (Jófríður Ákadóttir)
Brynhildur Karlsdóttir
Bríet

Song of the Year: Rock

Benny Crespo’s Gang – Another Little Storm (winner)
Valdimar – Stimpla mig út
Une Misere – Wounds
Hórmónar – Kynsvelt
Hatari – Spillingardans

Song of the Year: Pop

Auður – Heimskur og breyskur
Prins Póló – Líf ertu að grínast
Vök – Autopilot
GDRN ft. Floni & ra:tio – Lætur mig (winner)
Bríet – In Too Deep

Song of the Year: Rap and hip-hop

JóiPé & Króli – Í átt að tunglinu (winner)
Logi Pedro – Dúfan mín
Birnir – Út í geim
Herra Hnetusmjör & Ingi Bauer – Upp til hópa
Cyber – Hold

Lyricist of the Year

Auður – (Auðunn Lúthersson)
Jónas Sig
GDRN (Guðrún Ýr Eyfjörð Jóhannesdóttir)
Svavar Pétur – Prins Póló (winner)
Valdimar

Songwriter of the Year

Auður – Auðunn Lúthersson (winner)
GDRN (Guðrún Ýr Eyfjörð Jóhannesdóttir)
Svavar Pétur Eysteinsson
Jónas Sig
Valdimar

Music Event of the Year

Aldrei fór ég suður (winner)
Fiskidagstónleikarnir á Dalvík.
Háskar
Valdimar – Útgáfutónleikar
John Grant – Love is Magic

Performer of the Year

Hatari (winner)
Auður – (Auðunn Lúthersson)
Vintage Caravan
Hórmónar
JóiPé & Króli

Brightest Hope (This award is given in cooperation with Rás 2)

Bagdad Brothers
Bríet (winner)
ClubDub
Matthildur
Une Misère

Music video of the year (This award is given in cooperation with Albumm.is)

Auður – Afsakanir – Leikstjóri: Erlendur Sveinsson
Between mountains – into the Dark – Leikstjóri: Haukur Björgvinsson
GDRN – Lætur mig ft. Floni & ra:tioLeikstjóri: Ágúst Elí (winner)
Herra hnetusmjör – Fóbó – Leikstjóri: Eiður Birgisson
Hugar – Saga – Leikstjóri: Máni Sigfússon
Ólafur Arnalds – re:member – Leikstjóri: Thora Hilmar
Special-K – Date Me I’m Boerd – Leikstjóri: Kristín Helga Ríkharðsdóttir
Teitur Magnússon ásamt Mr. Silla – Orna – Leikstjóri: Logi Hilmarsson


Album of the Year: Folk

Ylja – Dætur
Ásgeir Ásgeirsson – Travelling through cultures
Umbra – Sólhvörf (winner)
Umbra – Úr myrkrinu
Teitur Magnússon – Orna

Album of the Year: Alternative

Sunna Friðjóns – Enclose
Maximús Músíkús og Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands – Maximús fer á fjöll
Gyða Valtýsdóttir – Evolution (winner)
Hekla – Á
Kjass – Rætur

Album of the Year: Theatre and Film Soundtracks

Atli Örvarsson – Lói þú flýgur aldrei einn
Davíð Þór Jónsson – Kona fer í stríð (winner)
Gyða Valtýsdóttir – Mihkel
Veigar Margeirsson – Efi, dæmisaga
Jóhann Jóhannsson – Mandy

Song or composition of the year: Alternative

Snorri Hallgrímsson – I know you´ll follow
Arnór Dan – Stone by stone (winner)
Gyða Valtýsdóttir – Moonchild
Veigar Margeirsson – Efi
JFDR – Gravity

Album cover of the year

The Vintage Caravan – Gateways
Jóel Pálsson – Dagar koma
Jónas Sig – Milda hjartað (winner)
Skálmöld – Sorgir
Umbra – Sólhvörf

Recording engineer of the year

Jónas Sig. – Milda hjartað – Ómar Guðjónsson (winner)
Ylja – Dætur – Guðmundur Óskar Guðmundsson
Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson – Johann Sebastian Bach – Christopher Tarnow
Auður – Afsakanir – Auðunn Lúthersson, Addi 800, Glenn Schick
John Grant – Love Is Magic – : Ben Edwards
Valdimar – Sitt sýnist hverjum – Pétur Ben, Magnús Öder, and Alan Douches

Classic and Contemporary Music: Album of the Year

Anna Þorvaldsdóttir – AEQUA
Jóhann Jóhannsson – Englabörn & Variations
Þráinn Hjálmarsson – Influence of buildings on musical tone
Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson – Johann Sebastian Bach (winner)
Erla Dóra Vogler og Eva Þyri Hilmarsdóttir – Söngvar Jórunnar Viðar
Nordic Affect – He(a)r

Classic and Contemporary Music: Composition of the Year

Farvegur – Þuríður Jónsdóttir
From My Green Karlstad – Finnur Karlsson
Loom – María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir
METACOSMOS – Anna Þorvalds
Silfurfljót – Áskell Másson
Spectra – Anna Þorvalds (winner)
Split thee, Soul, to Splendid Bits (attn.: no eternal life/light this time around) – Bára Gísladóttir

Classic and Contemporary Music: Male Singer of the year

Benedikt Kristjánsson
Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson
Oddur Arnþór Jónsson (winner)

Classic and Contemporary Music: Female Singer of the Year

Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir (winner)
Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir
Valgerður Guðnadóttir

Classic and Contemporary Music: Individual Performers

Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir
Una Sveinbjarnardóttir
Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson (winner)

Classic and Contemporary Music: Group Performers

Barokkbandið Brák
Kammersveitin Elja
Schola Cantorum
Nordic Affect
Strokkvartettinn Siggi (winner)

Classic and Contemporary Music: Music Event of the Year

Budapest Festival Orchestra og Iván Fischer – Tónleikar í Eldborg, Hörpu
#bergmálsklefinn
Brothers (winner)
Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson – útgáfutónleikar, Bach
Barokkbandið Brák – Spíralar Versala
Edda II: Líf guðanna – 23. mars / SÍ og Schola Cantorum
Íslendingasögur – Sinfónísk sagnaskemmtun – hátíðarviðburður fullveldisafmælisins 1. desember
Myrkir músíkdagar
Óperudagar í Reykjavík
Reykholtshátíð

Jazz and Blues: Album of the Year

Karl Olgeirsson – Mitt bláa hjarta (winner)
DÓH Tríó – DÓH
Sunna Gunnlaugs – Ancestry
Agnar Már – Hending
Scott McLemore – The Multiverse

Jazz and Blues: Composition of the Year

Mitt bláa hjarta – Composer: Karl Olgeirsson / Text: Karl Olgeirsson
Norðurljós – Composer: Sigmar Þór Matthíasson
Ancestry – Composer: Sunna Gunnlaugs
To catch a glimpse – Composer: Scott McLemore
Bugða – Composer: Agnar Már Magnússon (winner)

Jazz and Blues: Songwriter of the Year

Karl Olgeirsson (winner)
Sunna Gunnlaugs
Scott McLemore
Agnar Már Magnússon
Sigmar Þór Matthíasson

Jazz and Blues: Music Performer of the Year, Individuals

Kjartan Valdimarsson (winner)
Sunna Gunnlaugs
Magnús Trygvason Eliassen
Jóel Pálsson
Daníel Helgason

Jazz and Blues: Music Performer of the Year, Groups

Stórsveit Reykjavíkur (winner)
DÓH – Tríó
Ingi Bjarni Trio

Jazz and Blues: Music Event of the Year

Blúshátíð í Reykjavík
Tónleikaraðir Jazzklúbbsins Múlans (winner)
Tónleikaröð Stórsveitar Reykjavíkur
Jazzhátíð Reykjavíkur
Freyjujazz

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