Fairly distributed awards at the Icelandic Music Awards

The Icelandic Music Awards took place yesterday in Reykjavík. In an evening characterized by a relatively even distribution of statues, singers Bríet and Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir, bands Mono Town and FLOTT, and rapper Birnir took home two awards last night.

Pianist Anna Guðný Guðmundsdóttir honored

Yesterday the annual Icelandic Music Awards took place at Harpa Music and Conference Hall in downtown Reykjavík. The event was hosted by singer Valgerður Guðnadóttir and actor Guðmundur Felixson. Bands BSÍ and FLOTT performed on stage, as did pianist Magnús Jóhann, rapper Birnir and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

The awards were presented by Minister for Culture and Business Affairs Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, with President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson donating the statue for “brightest hope”. No artist has won more than two prizes: Birnir, FLOTT, Bríet, Mono Town and Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir have each won a pair of statues.

Pianist Anna Guðný Guðmundsdóttir received this year’s honorary award for his contribution to Icelandic music. “I’ve been surrounded by music since I can remember, and it’s been my fortune. I believe that anyone who lives in music never needs to be alone, without work or without friends,” Anna Guðný said in her acceptance speech.

Full list of winners

2022 Icelandic Music Awards Winners
Pop, rock, rap, hip-hop and electronic music

POP – BEST ALBUM
Mobile home – GusGus

ROCK – BEST ALBUM
Mono Town Time Vol. 1 – Mono City

RAP & HIP HOP – BEST ALBUM
Bushido-Birnir

ELECTRONIC MUSIC – BEST ALBUM
vatican radio – side project

POP – BEST SONGS
Mer er drull – FLOTT

ROCK – BEST SONGS
Vesturæjar Beach – BSÍ

RAP & HIP HOP – BEST SONGS
Vogur Birnir

ELECTRONIC MUSIC – BEST SONGS
Halda áfram – russian.girls

BEST MUSICAL EVENT
Kveðja, Bríet (release concert in Harpa) – Bríet

BEST SPEAKERS
Teitur Magnusson

BEST SONGWRITER
Monoville

BEST SINGER
John Grant

BEST PERFORMING
Briet

BRIGHTEST HOPE (emerging artist awarded in collaboration with Rás 2)
FLOAT

CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

BEST ALBUM
Ethereality – Berglind María Tómasdóttir

BEST COMPOSITION
CATAMORPHOSIS – Anna Þorvaldsdóttir

BEST FESTIVAL
Björk Orchestra, live from Reykjavík

BEST CONCERT
Opera KOK – Þórunn Gréta Sigurðardóttir

BEST SINGER
Herdís Anna Jonasdottir

BEST SOLO PERFORMER
Vikingur Heiðar Ólafsson

BEST GROUP PERFORMER
Mótettukórin (Choir)

EMERGING CLASSICAL ARTIST
Rannveig Marta Sarc

JAZZ AND BLUES

BEST ALBUM
Nightjar in the northern sky – Anna Gréta

BEST ORIGINAL COMPOSITION
Hlýnun – Tumi Árnason

BEST SONGWRITER
Anna Greta

BEST SOLO PERFORMER
Magnus Trygvasen-Eliassen

BEST GROUP PERFORMER
Sigmars Þór Matthíasson Band

BEST MUSICAL EVENT
Concert series in Skuggabaldur

BRIGHTEST HOPE (emerging artist award)
Hróðmar Sigurðsson

OTHER MUSIC: OPEN CATEGORY, FOLKLORIC AND WORLD MUSIC, MUSIC FOR CINEMA AND THEATER

BEST ALBUM – MUSIC FOR FILM AND THEATER
Y: The Last Man – Herdís Stefansdóttir

BEST ALBUM – FOLK AND WORLD MUSIC
Brek–Brek

BEST ALBUM – OPEN CATEGORY
Mother Melancholy – sóley

BEST SONG/COMPOSITION – OPEN CATEGORY
Vertu úlfur, title track – Emiliana Torrini, Markéta Irglová

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Ég er bara að ljúga er það ekki? –Annalisa Director: Annalisa Hermannsdóttir

BEST ALBUM ARTWORK
Án tillits – Magnús Jóhann & Skúli Sverrisson
Design: Halldór Eldjárn

BEST MANUFACTURING
Beef – Gyða Valtýsdóttir.
Producer: Gyða Valtýsdóttir and Úlfur Hansson