Norway’s 2021 Eurovision representative TIX has been nominated for a Spellemann Priz, for song of the year.
TIX has been nominated for a Spellemann Priz, with two songs competing in the song of the year category. Spellemann Priz’s are the equivalent of the Grammy awards in the USA and are one of Norway’s most highly prized music awards. The full list of songs nominated in this category are as followed:
- TIX: Karantene (Quarantine)
- TIX: Kaller på deg (Calling you)
- Dagny: Somebody
- Frida Ånnevik & Chris Holsten: Hvis verden
- Julie Bergan & Seeb: Kiss Somebody
- Kygo feat. One Republic: Lose Somebody
- Alan Walker & Ava Max: Alone, Pt. II
Tix song “Karantene” which translates to Quarantine in English, is one of the seven songs in the running. “Karantene” deals with the events of the past year which have seen many around the world need to stay home due to the coronavirus vaccine pandemic, which saw last year Eurovision Song Contest cancelled for the first time ever. The song pokes fun at issues such as toilet paper hoarding, face-timing friends, and being alone at home. A music video made up of fan-submitted clips was made for the song. Both of TIX’s nominated songs hit number one in the Norwegian charts last year in 2020.
Other songs in the running for song of the year included “Alone, Pt. II” by Alan Walker and Ava Max, who sang the hit song “Sweet but Psycho” which TIX co-wrote.
The winners of this year’s Spellemann Prize’s will be announced on the 16th of April in a two-part TV broadcast on NRK1.
TIX will represent Norway at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Fallen Angel”, the singer first English language single. He is due to sing in the first semi-final, to be held on 18th of May.
Who is Tix
TIX (Andreas Haukeland) was born on 12th April 1993 in Bærum, Norway. His stage name “TIX” (“ticks”) is a nod to his diagnosed Tourettes syndrome. The singer is an advocate for mental health openness and has shared his thoughts and experiences in the past.
He began his professional music career in 2016, where his debut studio album Dømt og berømt reached number 2 in the Norwegian Albums Charts. Since then, he’s gone on to release numerous singles, including “Jeg vil ikke leve”, “Kaller på deg”, and “Karantene”, all of which reached #1 in the Norwegian charts. He also co-wrote the hit “Sweet but Psycho” by Ava Max. As of 2021 TIX’s has had five number one hits singles in the Norwegian charts.
In 2021 TIX’s won Melodi Grand Prix and so won the right to represent Norway at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Fallen Angel”.
Image: Julia Marie Naglestad / NRK | Source: NRK
Norway debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960 and have won the contest three times – in 1985, 1995 and 2009. The country has the dubious record of finishing last the most times, eleven in total, and have received nul points four times. Norway last won the contest in 2009 when Alexander Rybak broke all records with his song “Fairytale”. He scored 387 points in the final, receiving 16 sets of 12 points and scoring points from every country.