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06 January 2004
Competing for 'Song of the Year'
Source : Nordlys
OSLO/TROMSØ: Lene Marlin and David may both run away with the prize for 'Song of the Year' during the awards of the Spellemann prizes 2003. However, they get tough competition by Idol-Kurt.

Lene Marlin is nominated for 'Song of the Year' with the song You Weren't There, while Idol-David was chosen for his Wild At Heart. Whether they go all the way to the top is rather doubtful. In the same category is Kurt Nilsen with the scourge She's So High.

Lene Marlin, however, has the chance to go all the way to the top as 'Female Pop Solo Artist of the Year'.

Otherwise, there are no larger surprises on the list of the nominated for the Spellemann awards 2003, which got ready yesterday. Several best sellers are glimmering with their absence.

Several artists are nominated for two prizes: Bertine Zetlitz, Diaz, Folk & Røvere, Thomas Dybdahl, Lene Marlin, Kurt Nilsen, Karin Park, Equicez, and Julian Berntzen have all the possibility to have both hands full when the well-known harps are being given out in Oslo (and live on TV2), Saturday, February 28th.

Sissel Kyrkjebø's record came too late on the year to participate, and people's favourites like Morten Abel, Silje Nergård, Jan Werner, and D.D.E. are glimmering with their absence, Dagsavisen writes.

Still, the list of the nominations for the Spellemann awards for last year is about as expected. Critics favourites like Zetlitz, Dybdahl, and Equicez get their status confirmed by the various specialist committees. In addition, the Spellemann committee nominates themselves the category of 'Song of the Year', where the Idol factor is the highest.

Two weeks before the Spellemann awards, the alternative Alarm prizes are handed out during Bylarm in Bergen. The nomination list here is not that different from the Spellemann awards. Within the various nomination committees, there seems to reign an universal agreement about what is the better in Norwegian music at the time. The more remarkable exception was Ane Brun's Spending Time With Morgan, which, after having been elected one of last year's best records at several places in Sweden, is glimmering totally with its absence on domestic prize lists.

A total of 519 records were registered in the competition this time. This is a new record, and up by 25 percent from last year.

Translation by Tef Johs


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