Exclusive: Halsey to Perform at 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

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Halsey performs at the 2016 Bumbershoot Festival at Seattle Center on Sept. 2, 2016 in Seattle.

Halsey’s debut album Badlands was certified platinum earlier this month and now the 2016 Billboard cover star has yet another accolade to add to her résumé. On Wednesday (Sept. 28) Billboard learned that the singer will perform at the 23rd annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert Dec. 11 in Oslo, Norway.

The 21-year old (who turns 22 on Thursday) will perform on the same bill as Norwegian rock band Highasakite, with other artists still expected to be announced. The concert -- held annually to honor each year’s Nobel Peace Prize  Laureate -- will be held at Oslo’s Telenor Arena, though Halsey’s many worldwide fans can catch the show via YouTube livestream. Thus, we’ll be able to see if H goes with a standard like “New Americana,” a deep cut/fan favorite like “Gasoline,” a cover, collaboration or other special performance unique to the event. 

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Past performers at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert include Paul McCartney, Rihanna and Elton John. And the list of those who have won the prize is a who’s who of international humanitarian heroes: Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, etc. This year’s laureate(s) will be chosen in October through a majority vote of the Nobel Committee.

“Through her music, [Halsey] will be helping share the message of peace to a global audience,” Norwegian Nobel Institute director Olav Njølstad says. “Not only will those in attendance be able to watch an electrifying performance, but fans across the world will be able to stream the special event on YouTube.”

Halsey currently has no other live dates on her itinerary, so for now, a seat in Oslo or a YouTube stream will have to do. 

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