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Björk Guðmundsdóttir (/ˈbjɜrk/; Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈpjœr̥k ˈkvʏðmʏntsˌtoʊhtɪr]; born 21 November 1965), known as Björk, is an Icelandic singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Her musical style is eclectic and she has achieved recognition in alternative rock, jazz, electronic dance music, classical, and avant-garde.

Three of Björk's 1990s singles charted in the UK Top 10 ("It's Oh So Quiet" reached number 4, "Army of Me" number 10, and "Hyperballad" number 8). Her record label, One Little Indian, reported that by 2003, she had sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. She has won four BRIT Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, one MOJO Award, three UK Music Video Awards, and, in 2010, the Polar Music Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in recognition of her "deeply personal music and lyrics, her precise arrangements and her unique voice."

Björk has also been nominated for 14 Grammy Awards (plus two for art direction on her album sleeves, done by others), one Academy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards. She won the Best Actress Award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival for her performance in Dancer in the Dark. She was ranked twenty-ninth in VH1's "The 100 Greatest Women in Music", eighth in MTV's "22 Greatest Voices in Music" and sixtieth in Rolling Stone '​s "100 Greatest Singers of All Time".

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Björk at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2007

Björk is a singer-songwriter from Reykjavík, Iceland who has released seven studio albums, two soundtrack albums and four remix albums. Her debut album, Björk, was released in 1977 by the Fálkinn record label. Her subsequent seven studio albums were released by One Little Indian Records: Debut (1993), Post (1995), Homogenic (1997), Vespertine (2001), Medúlla (2004), Volta (2007) and Biophilia (2012). Six of her albums have entered the top 10 in the UK Albums Chart, while Volta, is her only album to reach the top 10 in the Billboard 200. Björk's record label, One Little Indian Records, reported that she has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.

Björk has received four awards from both the BRIT Awards, from nine nominations, and the MTV Video Music Awards, from twelve nominations. Björk has also received 13 nominations from the Grammy Awards but has not received an award; she was nominated every year from 1996 to 2002. The film industry has also recognized Björk by nominating the 2000 song, "I've Seen It All", for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture at the Academy Awards. She was ranked #36 on VH1's "The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll". Overall, Björk has received 90 awards from 212 nominations.

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Björk performing in Japan with The Sugarcubes
Credit: Masao Nakagami
Björk performing in Japan with The Sugarcubes

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