Nominations closed yesterday for all the categories in Aftonbladet's annual 'people's music prize' which this year has been given a "live" twist.
The final nominees were revealed today....of course I'm very very happy about some of them ;)
Of course with any poll which involves public voting, you don't always get a deserved winner, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the Swedish public gets it right this time!
BEST SWEDISH MALE LIVE ARTIST:
Salem Al Fakir
My choice: An entertainer, a showman, and an outstanding live artist with the potential to be a worldwide superstar. In other words...Salem Al Fakir!
BEST SWEDISH FEMALE LIVE ARTIST:
My choice: I can't really see past Robyn for this one, although Amanda is a strong challenger.
BEST SWEDISH LIVE GROUP:
Hoffmaestro & Chraa
My choice: Again, good category - I'd be happy with The Ark, Kent or Mando Diao.
BEST SWEDISH SONG OF THE YEAR:
Från Och Med Du – Oskar Linnros
Keep On Walking – Salem Al Fakir
Unstoppable – Ola
Nothing Without You – Mando Diao
Manboy – Eric Saade
My choice: No contest - "Keep On Walking", which actually is the best Swedish song of this year. However, as with the Swedish Grammys, this can be one of those categories where you should never underestimate an artist's fanbase, which can often result in an inferior winner.
BEST INTERNATIONAL SONG OF THE YEAR:
Tokio Hotel - World Behind My Wall
Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
Justin Bieber - Baby
Lady Gaga - Telephone
Lady Gaga - Alejandro
My choice..."ra-ra-roma-ma.." however I fear the worst, thanks to the incomprehensible popularity of J***** B*****. But then I'm not a 10 year old. Even if I was a 10 year old, I'd still find his popularity incomprehensible...!
BEST BREAKTHROUGH ACT:
My choice: Oskar Linnros - he is totally deserving of this award. But once again, unfortunately I fear the worst, 'baby, baby, baby, oohhhh..' :(
My choice: He's not in this category :( so in his absence I'd be happy with either Kent, Mando Diao, or Gaga.
Peace & Love
My choice: Peace & Love. I seem to remember it had a pretty good line-up.
OK so those are my choices, I'll probably be wrong as usual with most (or all) of them! Good to see Oskar Linnros getting three nominations - that's a nice birthday present for him as he is 27 today (happy birthday Oskar!!) There's an interview with him in today's Aftonbladet: http://www.aftonbladet.se/nojesbladet/musik/rockbjornen2010/article7622790.ab
Needless to say, Aftonbladet's Markus Larsson has his own views on the nominations: http://www.aftonbladet.se/nojesbladet/musik/rockbjornen2010/article7623770.ab