Siri Nilsen, a Norwegian singer-songwriter (who’s been featured here before) won the prestigious Prøysenprisen, named after one of Norway’s most prominent cultural figures and musicians Alf Prøysen. Nilsen is one of several performers who sings in Norwegian.
Other awards, including the Prøysens ærespris and Teskjekjerringpris (named after a series of Prøysen’s children’s books, known in English as Mrs. Pepperpot) went respectively to longtime Norwegian musician Bjørn Eidsvåg and brothers Svein og Egil Nyhus for their work as illustrators and kid performers. The award ceremony was held Sunday at Det Norske Teatret i Oslo.
Who exactly is Alf Prøysen, though? I sort of like to think of him as the Norwegian Mr. Rogers. Prøysen gained a lot of notoriety for his stories and depictions of husmann life, reflecting the realities of poorer rural Norwegians. Prøysen made significant contributions to the country’s cultural arts until his death in 1970.