The Icelandic music scene is world famous. This is no wonder. Iceland punches far above its weight when it comes to music. And the Icelandic music scene continues to be extremely dynamic. This was evident at the 2019 Iceland music awards which were held on the 13th of March at the Harpa Concert and Conference Center in Reykjavik which is just a superb venue. The awards had 37 categories and I think that says it all about the vitality of the Icelandic music scene. I have listed all the winners below and linked to them, their albums and song on Spotify to make it easier for you to discover new Icelandic music.

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Congratulations to my wife – the best classical singer in Iceland

Of course, the main thing for me was that lovely wife Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir was chosen as the the female classical singer of the year. This is well deserved as you can hear from her Spotify channel. She got the same award back in 2013. 

Hallveig Runarsottir, Icelandic soprano singer and winner at the 2019 Icelandic Music Awards
Hallveig Runarsdottir is the 2019 female classical singer of the year at the Icelandic Music Awards.

Hallveig blew Iceland away when she performed Ave Maria by composer Sigvalda Kaldalóns on TV.

GDRN is the young and upcoming star of Icelandic music

GDRN is another female singer who had a good night at the Iceland Music Awards. Her real name is Guðrún Ýr Eyfjörð Jóhannesdóttir and I totally get that she wanted  to simplify things a bit! Especially for her inevitable rise to international stardom.

GDRN took home the following awards in the pop category:

  • Album of the year for ‘Hvað ef
  • Song of the year for ‘Lætur mig
  • Singer of the year

Additionally, the video of for the song ‘Lætur mig’ was chosen as the music video of the year. I am certainly excited to follow this young and incredibly talented artist.

Víkingur Heiðar the piano virtuoso makes his mark

Another artist which certainly deserves a mention is the piano virtuoso Víkingur Heiðar. He has won international renown and his new album where plays Bach is just superb. Unsurprisingly Víkingur Heiðar won the award for the best performer of the year for classical music and the best classical album. I have never been to one of his concerts but I am told that they are just incredible.

Shaking up Eurovision

The Icelandic band and performance artists Hatari won the award for best performer for pop music. The group is making waves with their participation in the Eurovision song contest.

The Icelandic Eurovision superstars Hatari - Photo by Lilja Jóns.
The Icelandic Eurovision superstars Hatari – Photo by Lilja Jóns.

It is safe to say that they are controversial but I suppose the song contest can use a cold slap like Hatari delivers.

 

Overview of the 2019 Iceland Music Awards Winners

Open Category / folk music / film and theater music

Davíð Þór Jónsson – Woman Goes to War (Kona fer í stríð)

Record of the year – Open Category  

Gyða Valtýsdóttir – Evolution

Record of the year – Folk Music

Umbra – Sólhvörf

Song of the year – open category / folk music / film and theater and theater music

Arnór Dan, Stone by stone

Record cover of the year

Jónas Sig. – Milda hjartað
Design: Ámundi Sigurðsson
Photos: Jónatan Grétarsson

Producer of the year

Ómar Guðjónsson for Milda hjartað – Jónas Sig

Rock, pop, electronic music, rap and hip hop – 2019 Iceland Music Awards

Record of the year

Pop: GDRN – Hvað ef

Record of the year  – Rock

Valdimar – Sitt sýnist hverjum

Record of the year – Rap/Hip hop

JóiPé & Króli – Afsakið hlé

Record of the year – electronic music

Auður – Afsakanir

Song of the year – Pop

GDRN – Lætur mig

Song of the year – Rock

Benny Crespo’s Gang – Another Little Storm

Song of the year – Rap / Hip hopp

JóiPé & Króli – Í átt að tunglinu

Songwriter of the year

Auðunn Lúthersson (Auður)

Lyric writer of the year

Svavar Pétur Eysteinsson (Prins Póló)

Singer of the year

Guðrún Ýr Eyfjörð Jóhannesdóttir (GDRN)

Singer of the year  

Valdimar Guðmundsson

Music event of the year

Aldrei fór ég suður in Ísafjörður town

Performer of the year  

Hatari

Brightest hope – chosen by the radio station Rás 2 and the Icelandic Awards Bjartasta von

Bríet

Music video of the year 2018 – chosen by Albumm.is and the Icelandic Music Awards (see it above)

GDRN – Lætur mig ft. Floni 

Director: Ágúst Elí

Classical Music – 2019 Iceland Music Awards

Record of the year – classical music 

Johann Sebastian Bach – Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson

Composition of the year – classical music  

Spectra – Anna Þorvalds

Performer of the year – classical music

Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson

Performer of the year – classical music (groups)

Strokkvartettinn Siggi

Male classical singer of the year

Oddur Arnþór Jónsson

Female classical singer of the year

Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir (yay!)

Music event of the year – classical music

Brothers by Daníel Bjarnason – The Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, singers and the choir of the Icelandic Opera.

Music event of the year – classical music

Opera days in  Reykjavík

Brightest hope – classical music

Björk Níelsdóttir

Jazz and Blues – 2019 Iceland Music Awards

Record of the year – Jazz and Blues

Karl Olgeirsson – Mitt bláa hjarta

Composition of the year – Jazz and Blues

Bugða – Agnar Már Magnússon

Songwriter of the year – Jazz and Blues

Karl Olgeirsson

Performer of the year – Individual : Jazz and Blues  

Kjartan Valdemarsson

Music composer of the year – groups: Jazz and Blues  

Stórsveit Reykjavíkur (Reykjavik Big Band)

Music event of the year – Jazz and Blues  

Concert series of the Múlinn Jazz Club  

Brightest hope – Jazz and Blues  

Daníel Helgason

Honorary award by Samtónn and the Icelandic Music Awards

The composer Jón Ásgeirsson