Lorentz and Kent get most nods for Grammis
Rapper Lorentz and indie group Kent come top of the list of the names of nominees for next year's Grammis awards, the Swedish equivalent of the Brit Awards or the Grammys.
Lorentz gets a total of five nominations, including Best Artist and Album of the Year for his solo debut Kärlekslåtar, while Kent are up for four awards, including Best Rock Album.
The televised ceremony will be held in February next year.
2014 has been a great year for Swedish pop music, with artists such as Tove Lo, Avicii and Robyn once again flying the Swedish flag in music charts all around the world, and many of them can be found among the lists of nominees in each category. Those categories range from best kids album to best metal album and from best music video to best album.
Dante Kinnunen, formerly a drummer in the band the Concretes, is nominated as Producer Of The Year together with his writing and producing partner Sakarias, who is also Lorentz's brother. Together they have produced songs on both Sakarias and Dante's solo albums this year, as well as working with Titiyo Jah. Dante wrote some of the songs for his new album in London, he told Radio Sweden.
"I got hooked up by Elton John's management, Rocket Music", he says, "and they flew me over for one-and-a-half years for co-writes. This was the first time I co-wrote stuff with people, so I'm happy I got to write with some really good writers. Then I came home and started writing with Sakarias, who wrote half of my album here in Sweden."
One of the most striking trends among the list of nominees is the number of female acts not only singing their songs, but also writing and producing them. Little Jinder started off her career as a sound engineer, studying at the Liverpool School of Fine Arts, before turning her hand to song-writing, producing and singing. But she says she does not really see herself as an artist, despite being nominated for a Grammis for Best Pop Album of 2014.
"I really don't see myself as an artist, to be fair", she told Radio Sweden, "it's not what I wanted. It's the song-writing and the producing that I am interested in, and then 'cause I'm the singer in my music I have to be an artist, but it's not really something that I am interested in."
Ace Wilder, who came second in Melodifestivalen this year with "Busy Doin' Nothing", has also taken the step from being a songwriter for other artists to taking centre-stage herself, something that takes getting used to, she says: "It's a big difference. I've had to adjust to that. And also when you are writing songs for yourself it's a different mentality, because you always have to consider 'would I say this, can I stand for this?', but I'm learning, I'm learning."