Norwegian rock and folk artist Susanne Sundfør, said no to the nomination “Female artist of the year”, in 2010. She was critical to the fact that female and male artists are considered separately in the nomination categories.
-Such a nomination is not possible in relation to my personal beliefs”, Sundfør said, and that she wishes that every society should not have a gender perspective when it comes to art.
Sundfør clears, however, in an email to the Board of Grammy AS that she is grateful for the recognition of being nominated.
– We think it’s a shame that Susanne Sundfør choose to withdraw from the nomination. There is however no drama in this, and we respect the decision of course – no one should be nominated or receive a price against their will, says Marte Thorsby, chair of Grammy AS in a statement.
This is not the first time Sundfør is critical to the Grammy. In 2008 she was also nominated for “Female Artist”, but did not understand why. The Grammy Committee still had a distinction between female and male artists. Sundfør criticized parts of the Grammy Award for being misogynist.
Sundfør was also nominated in the categories “This year’s songwriter” and “This year’s popular composer.” (This case does not apply to these nominations.)
Sundfør won the award for best songwriter 2010 for her album “The Brothel“. Click on link to see her live performance with the title track.
Text by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews