Some of Swedish Music Hall of Fame's inductees 2016
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Some of Swedish Music Hall of Fame's inductees 2016 Credit: Christine Olsson
Kent's Jocke Berg 2014
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Kent's Jocke Berg (Foto: Heiko Junge / TT)

Kent and Leila K inducted into Music Hall of Fame

"Singing in Swedish is still very important here"
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In a homage to Sweden's influential music tradition, Swedish Music Hall of Fame has announced its nine inductees for 2016.

This year's list includes internationally recognized artists of the '90s like  alternative rock band Kent and Eurodance singer Leila K, as well as '60s Schlager act Siw Malmkvist.

"The first year we chose to induct Abba, of course. Nowadays, Swedish music is internationally even bigger, a lot thanks to one of this year’s inductees Denniz Pop who basically started all this Swedish song writing", head of jury Jan Gradvall told Radio Sweden.

Other artists to enter the pantheon of Swedish music are anti-fascist singer Karl Gerhard, pop-group Sven-Ingvars, troubadour Owe Thörnqvist and composer/pianist Monica Dominique, as well as producer Denniz Pop and singer Barbro Hörberg.

The Swedish Music Hall of Fame in Stockholm exhibits influential music acts from this Scandinavian country. An act has to be in business for at least 20 years after the release of its first album to be nominated. This year's induction is the third in the history of the Hall of Fame.

Most of this year's inductees are rather unknown outside Sweden, which is due to that "a lot of this year’s inductees mainly sing in Swedish, which is still a very important part of Swedish music", says Jan Gradvall.

Inductees are nominated and selected by a jury of five persons working in the music industry. Also inductees of the last years such as Abba or Robyn are involved in the nomination. Fans are not allowed to vote. "The selection would be biased by the most recent artist as their fans are the most active ones. Like this we can also choose a Jazz legend who died 40 years ago but still is extremely important to younger artists. A jury is more qualified to make a selection which is representative for Swedish Music", Jan Gradvall told Radio Sweden.

The building on the central Stockholm island of Djurgården also houses the Abba museum in tribute to Sweden's most worshiped pop idols.

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