Nobel Peace Prize Concert

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Scarlett Johansson and Michael Caine at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2008

The Nobel Peace Prize Concert has been held annually since 1994 on 11 December, one day after the date of Alfred Nobel's death, to honour the Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The award ceremony on 10 December takes place in Oslo City Hall, while the concert is in the Oslo Spektrum Arena, with the attendance of the laureate and other prominent guests. The arena receives approximately 6,500–7,000 guests and the concert is broadcast to over 100 countries.

The concert features performers from a wide range of musical genres, the exception being the year of 1995, when a classical concert was held instead. Several editions of the concert are recorded, with different lengths and content, for airing in several countries.

The hosts give descriptions of the winner's work, an interview with the winner is shown, and the winner gives a speech during the concert.

Laureates, hosts and artists by year[edit]

Since planning starts in January, the artists invited to the concert aren't typically connected to the winner, who is announced in October. However, a few late additions are usually made to reflect the winner. The Norwegian Radio Orchestra is the main orchestra every year.

1994[edit]

Laureates
Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin
Host
Erik Bye
Artists

1995[edit]

Laureates
Joseph Rotblat and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs

This year a concert featuring only classical works was held.

1996[edit]

Laureates
Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo and José Ramos-Horta
Host
Lise Fjeldstad
Artists

1997[edit]

Laureates
International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and Jody Williams
Host
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir
Artists

Harry Connick Jr brought 35 musicians with him on stage, when performing at the concert in 1997.

1998[edit]

Laureates
John Hume and David Trimble
Host
Åse Kleveland
Artists

At the concert in 1998, American TV network Fox, did not include A-ha's performance, which was edited out. Another performance edited out by Fox in 1998, was Norwegian artist Espen Lind's "Pop From Hell". The word "hell" was not the problem, but the following sentence: "You make me so hard/because you're a star". A Fox-producer stated it would be too much to take for the American family audience. Espen Lind was told his performance would not be edited out if he did not include the word "hard" in the song, but he would not change the lyrics. He said he did not want to let himself be controlled by a double-moralistic American family channel, and that such compromises were not acceptable for him to make.

1999[edit]

Laureate
Médecins Sans Frontières
Host
Claus Wiese
Voice-over: David Fishel
Artists

2000[edit]

Laureate
Kim Dae-jung
Host
Jane Seymour (short notice cancellation by Meryl Streep)
Artists

2001[edit]

Laureates
The United Nations and Kofi Annan
Hosts
Liam Neeson and Meryl Streep
Artists

The 2001 concert's closing song was "Let It Be", performed by Paul McCartney and the other artists.

2002[edit]

Laureate
Jimmy Carter
Hosts
Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange
Artists

The Grand Finale in 2002, performed by all the artists, was "Imagine" by John Lennon.

2003[edit]

Laureate
Shirin Ebadi
Hosts
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas
Artists

The Grand Finale in 2003, sung by all the artists, was "Imagine". Robert Plant sang and changed the word "religion" with "division" in the sentence "Nothing to kill or die for/ And no division too".

2004[edit]

Laureate
Wangari Maathai
Hosts
Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise
Artists

The use of Tom Cruise as a host created some controversy both from people fearing it could be used to promote Scientology[1] and from people who were unhappy with his supportive statements on the Iraq War.[2] There was however no mention of Scientology during the concert and Cruise has stated his remarks on the war were misquoted. The Grand Finale was led by Patti LaBelle. For the third year in a row, the song chosen for the finale was John Lennon's "Imagine".

2005[edit]

Laureates
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Mohamed ElBaradei
Hosts
Julianne Moore and Salma Hayek
Artists

The Grand Finale in 2005, sung by all the artists, was "Give Peace a Chance".

2006[edit]

Laureates
Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank
Hosts
Sharon Stone and Anjelica Huston
Artists

The artists joined Lionel Richie on stage at the end of the show when/after he was singing "All Night Long".

2007[edit]

Laureates
Al Gore and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Hosts
Kevin Spacey (short notice cancellation by Tommy Lee Jones) and Uma Thurman[3]
Artists

2008[edit]

Laureate
Martti Ahtisaari
Hosts
Scarlett Johansson[4] & Michael Caine[5]
Artists

The artists joined Diana Ross on stage at the end of the show when/after she was singing Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand).

2009[edit]

Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2009
Laureate
Barack Obama (did not attend the concert)
Hosts
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith with additional appearance by their children Jaden Smith and Willow Smith[7]
Artists

The Grand Finale in 2009, sung by all the artists, was Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror".

2010[edit]

Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2010
Laureate
Liu Xiaobo (absent)
Hosts
Denzel Washington and Anne Hathaway[8][9]
Artists

All artist performing Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" at finale.

2011[edit]

Laureates
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Roberta Gbowee and Tawakel Karman
Hosts
Helen Mirren[10] and Rosario Dawson[11]
Artists

All artists joined with Angélique Kidjo on the stage singing the song "Move On Up" as the finale to the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Concert.

2012[edit]

Laureate
European Union[14]
Hosts
Sarah Jessica Parker and Gerard Butler[15]
Artists

2013[edit]

Laureate
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons[19]

Hosts: Claire Danes [20] and Aaron Eckhart [21]

Artists:[22][23]

2014[edit]

Laureates
Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi Awarded jointly "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education".[24]

Host: Queen Latifah [25]

Artists:[26][27][28]

Much of the concert of 2014 will future / be influenced by Bollywood performances.

International broadcasters[edit]

Country Broadcaster
Norway Norway NRK
United States USA Fox Broadcasting Company
England England Sky Arts
Sweden Sweden SVT
Denmark Denmark DR K
Australia Australia ABC2
India India Zee Café
Indonesia Indonesia MetroTV
Italy Italy Playme.tv
Turkey Turkey TRT
Iceland Iceland SkjárEinn

References[edit]

  1. ^ Article in Dagbladet on Cruise, Scientology and the Concert (Norwegian) Retrieved 12 December 2006
  2. ^ Article from BBC NEWS on Cruise and Spielberg backing the war in Iraq Retrieved 12 December 2006
  3. ^ Article in BT on the concert (Norwegian)
  4. ^ "Nobel Institute nabs high-profile concert host". Aftenposten. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "Michael Caine to co-host Nobel Concert". International Herald Tribune. Associated Press. 28 October 2008. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  6. ^ Dierks Bentley. "Sideways". AOL Music Sessions. AOL Inc. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Will Smith skal lede Nobelkonserten. side2.no. 2009-09-30.
  8. ^ "Anne Hathaway is a special guest at Nobel Peace Prize celebrations (yes, really!)". Daily Mail. 11 December 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "Denzel Washington leder Nobelkonserten - VG Nett om Nobels fredspris". Vg.no. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  10. ^ Mirren leder fredspriskonserten. nrk.no. 2011-11-18.
  11. ^ "Hollywood-stjerne leder Nobelkonserten - kultur". Dagbladet.no. 2011-11-24. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g Janelle Monáe til Nobelkonserten. nrk.no. 2011-10-19.
  13. ^ a b c d Nobel Peace Prize Concert. nobelpeaceprizeconcert.no. Accessed 2011-11-19.
  14. ^ a b c d "Karpe Diem synger for fred og EU - Aftenposten". Aftenposten.no. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  15. ^ "Sex og singelliv-stjernen leder Nobelkonserten - Aftenposten". Aftenposten.no. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  16. ^ a b "Hudson og Seal klare for Nobelkonserten - VG Nett". Vg.no. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  17. ^ Fikk applaus for engasjement (11 December 2012). nrk.no.
  18. ^ a b c d e Lise Grønskar lise.gronskar@dagbladet.no (2012-11-28). "Ne-Yo kommer til Norge - kultur". Dagbladet.no. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  19. ^ http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/uriks/--Fredsprisen-kan-apne-opp-for-en-bredere-Syria-losning-7336576.html#.UlkafUg4Vph
  20. ^ http://www.vg.no/rampelys/artikkel.php?artid=10136581
  21. ^ http://www.dagbladet.no/2013/12/03/kultur/nobelkonserten/nobels_fredspris/nobel/aaron_eckhart/30638634/
  22. ^ http://www.vg.no/musikk/artikkel.php?artid=10152940
  23. ^ http://www.dagbladet.no/2013/11/26/kultur/musikk/nobel/nobelkonserten/morrissey/30511295/
  24. ^ http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2014/press.html
  25. ^ http://www.dagbladet.no/2014/11/20/kultur/nobel/nobel_fredspris/fredspriskonsert/vert/36336984/
  26. ^ http://www.vg.no/rampelys/musikk/nobels-fredspris/de-skal-opptre-paa-fredspriskonserten/a/23339188/
  27. ^ http://www.dagbladet.no/2014/11/19/kultur/nobel_fredskonsert/nobels_fredspris/musikk/36321623/
  28. ^ http://www.dagbladet.no/2014/11/21/kultur/nobelkonserten/fredspriskonserten/36356536/

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