Avicii alias Tim Bergling is 24 years old. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT.

Avicii wins government music export prize

"Avicii nailed just every criteria we had"
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The government's Music Export Prize this year goes to the DJ and music producer Avicii. The prize is awarded every year to someone in the music industry who during the past year has drawn attention to Sweden, and thereby contributed to Swedish exports.

Avicii, or Tim Bergling, released his album "True" this autumn and won the MTV award for best electronic music in November. Avicii was not present to receive the prize in Stockholm, as he is currently touring in the US, but he expressed his gratitude via a video link.

The honorary music award went to ABBA. Benny Andersson received the prize from Trade Minister Ewa Björling with the words: "Unfortunately, Abba could not come, so they sent me instead. Thank you for keeping us alive."

The new honorary award for "efforts of special importance for the internationalisation of Swedish Music" went to the company Ten Music Group.

Among previous years' winners of the Music Export Prize are The Hives, Robyn, Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, and last year's winner Shellback.

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