Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Who cares about the Brits, when you've got the Swedish Grammis?

Two awards shows taking place on the same evening: one from a country once celebrated and renowned for musical innovation and now scraping the barrel with fly-by-night winners who will probably be forgotten about 12 months from now...

...and the other from a small country with a never-ending pool of musical talent and diversity.  You can't really measure that by Swedish award shows of course, which remain under Mr Hellström's spell; however while we got James Corden (is there no beginning to the man's talents?) Sweden got Ray Cokes.  Yes, the legendary Ray Cokes, Mr 'Most Wanted' himself. 

Oh, and my all-time favourite Swedish artist, Salem Al Fakir, got an award for best composer.  And even if all my other favourites didn't win, things are still always better in Sweden. 

Tonight's winners:

Årets rock: Håkan Hellström
Årets elektro/dans: Icona Pop
Årets låt: Håkan Hellström – ”Det kommer aldrig va över för mig”
Årets hårdrock/metal: Ghost
Årets textförfattare: Håkan Hellström
Årets artist: Avicii
Årets pop: Veronica Maggio
Årets hederspristagare: Sven-Bertil Taube
Årets album: Jenny Wilson – ”Demand the impossible”
Årets video: Jenny Wilson och Daniel Wirtberg ”Autobiography”
Årets klassiska: Karin Rehnqvist
Årets producent: Jenny Wilson
Årets barnalbum: Jazzoo
Årets hiphop/soul: Stor
Årets dansband: Elisa's
Årets innovatör: The Fooo
Årets jazz: Tonbruket
Årets nykomling: Linda Pira
Årets kompositör: Salem Al Fakir, Vincent Pontare och Magnus Lidehäll
Årets folkmusik/visa: Tomas Ledin

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