The Swedish Music Publishers' award winners for 2007 were announced today.
Best songwriter of the year went to Ola Salo, The Ark's main man. Very happy about this one, even if he did beat Salem, but he still deserves it. Other nominees: Jason Diakite; Maria Andersson & Josephine Forsman.
Best Swedish song of the year - "Release Me" by Oh Laura. I don't understand all the fuss about this one, but it was one of the more high profile hits of the year due to its use in a car advert.
Other nominees: "Good Song" - Salem Al Fakir (the Swedish song of the year!!); "7milakliv" - Martin Stenmarck; "Young Folks" - Peter, Bjorn and John.
Best international success - Peter, Bjorn and John. They've achieved big international success with their whistling anthem "Young Folks" this year - including in the USA and UK. Other nominees: Mando Diao, Max Martin.
Lifetime achievement - Thore Skogman. I haven't heard of him, but apparently he's been a very successful songwriter with 1200 songs published over several decades.
But now the result we're really interested in.....big fanfare.....
Best newcomer - Salem Al Fakir !!!!!!
I'm thrilled to bits about this. He absolutely, absolutely deserves every award that's going this year. Other nominees: Måns Zelmerlöw; Maia Hirasawa; Oh Laura.
The prizes will be presented at Berns in Stockholm tonight and if I hear any more about this then I'll do a post tomorrow.
Edit 29.10.07: Yes I have seen the photos, and it's not good news. The flat cap is back. And so is the pullover !!!! Now come on Salem, you could have made an effort!!!