Hip-hop duo Karpe Diem won Norway’s top music award, called Årets Spelleman, over the weekend. “A surprising choice, but well-deserved,” claimed a music commentator for newspaper Aftenposten.
The hip hop duo comprised of Chirag Patel and Magdi Abdelmaguid released a CD last year called, Aldri solgt en løgn (Never sold a lie). It brought them victory at this year’s Spellemannspris music awards in Oslo Saturday night, an event somewhat overshadowed this year by the skiing world championships going on in the Norwegian capital at the same time.
Karpe Diem nonetheless received plenty of praise for their music, which features texts important for both Patel and Abdelmaguid that often deal with their lives as Muslims in Norway. In Norway’s steadily more multi-ethnic society, “it’s just to listen and learn,” wrote commentator Robert Hoftun Gjestad.
Among the other winners was Ingrid Olava, who took the prize for best female artist. Her contemporary, Susanne Sundfør, might have won this title, but she had asked to be taken off the list of nominees as she didn’t want to compete in a gender specific category. Sundfør did, however, maintain her nomination for best popular music composer, a category which she won.
Competition was stiff. Although Karpe Diem won the top award, Lars Vaular, another hip hop artist, won the prize in this category. Longtime favourites De Lillos were outperformed by pop group Kråkesølv for the pop award. The winner of the country category was Ida Jenshus. Best male artist was Thom Hell.
The “newcomers award” and the rock award was given to the hardcore band, Kvelertak (literally, Stranglehold).
The Hederspris, or prize of honour, akin to a lifetime achievement award, went to Norway’s legendary rock band A-ha.