MØ, Neneh Cherry Up for Top Nordic Album Prize

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Mø attends the Samsung Galaxy Artist’s Lounge at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 5, 2014 in Austin, Texas. 

Neneh Cherry, , Todd Terje and Emilie Nicolas are among the 12 nominees for the Phonofile Nordic Music Prize 2014, given to the year's best album from an artist based in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland or Denmark. The award, which is modeled after Britain's Mercury Prize, will be presented March 5 in Oslo at the annual by:Larm industry event.

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A jury comprised of Nordic journalists selected the nominees for the prize, which was introduced in 2010. The winner will receive a check for 30.000 NOK (about $4,000 US). Previous winners include Sweden's First Aid Kit and The Knife.

"Scandi-pop" has certainly some common, if unintelligible, features but it's the variety of modern music making in that one region that continues to dazzle," the jury said in a joint statement. "The Phonofile Nordic Music Prize has room for both youngbloods and established acts but most importantly, it's the first stop for anyone interested in the most happening sounds in Scandinavia today. May the Nordic aura embrace your souls!"

The 12 nominees are: 

Emilie Nicolas (NO) - Like I'm a Warrior
Gracias (FI) - Elengi
Iceage (DK) - Plowing Into the Field of Love
Lorentz (SE) - Kärlekslåtar
Lykke Li (SE) - I Never Learn
Neneh Cherry (SE) - Blank Project
Mirel Wagner (FI) - When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day
MØ (DK) - No Mythologies to Follow
Pink Street Boys (ICE) - Trash From the Boys
Prinspóló (ICE) - Sorrí
Selvhenter (DK) - Motions of Large Bodies
Todd Terje (NO) - It's Album Time

Listen to a playlist of all the artists here.