Kraumur Awards is a music prize, organized by the Kraumur Music Fund, awarded for the Best Albums being released in Iceland.
The nominations for the first Kraumur Awards were announced in November 2008. Nominations and the award winning albums are chosen by a selected panel of Icelandic music journalist and radio show hosts, with years of experience in playing and writing about Icelandic music.
The Kraumur Award goes to five albums, while 20 albums are nominated. The panel can add albums to the award category, which led to six albums receiving the awards in 2008.
The plan of the organizers is to make the Kraumur Awards an annual event.
The 2008 Kraumur Awards went to:
Photograph of the Winners
Agent Fresco for "Lightbulb Universe"
FM Belfast for "How to Make Friends"
Hugi Guðmundsson for "Apocrypha"
Ísafold for "All Sounds to Silence Come"
Mammút for "Karkari"
Retro Stefson for "Montaña"
20 Albums were nominated:
Agent Fresco - Lightbulb Universe
Celestine - At the Borders of Arcadia
Dísa - Dísa
Dr. Spock - Falcon Christ
Emilíana Torrini - Me and Armini
FM Belfast - How to Make Friends
Hugi Guðmundsson - Apocrypha
Introbeats - Tívólí chillout
Ísafold - All Sounds to Silence Come
Klive - Sweaty Psalms
Lay Low - Farewell Good Night’s Sleep
Mammút - Karkari
Morðingjarnir - Áfram Ísland
Múgsefjun - Skiptar skoðanir
Ólafur Arnalds - Variations of Static
Retro Stefson - Montaña
Reykjavík! - The Blood
Sigur Rós - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
Sin Fang Bous - Clangour
Skakkamanage - All Over the Face
The Panel for the first Kraumur Awards were:
Árni Matthíasson - head of panel, journalist with Morgunblaðið
Alexandra Kjeld - journalist with Rjominn.is/Morgunblaðið
Andrea Jónsdóttir - radio show host at Iceland National Radio 2
Arnar Eggert Thoroddsen - journalist with Morgunblaðið
Halldór Laxness (Dóri DNA) - journalist with DV
Hildur Maral Hamíðsdóttir - journalist with Rjominn.is
Ólafur Páll Gunnarsson - radio show host at Iceland National Radio 2
Trausti Júlíusson - journalist with Fréttablaðið
Þorkell Máni Pétursson - radio show host at Radio X
Ragnheiður Eiríksdóttir - journalist with Fréttablaðið
Arndís Björk Ásgeirsdóttir - radio show host at Iceland National Radio 1
Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir - radio show host at Iceland National Radio 1
Sigvaldi Kaldalóns - radio show host at radio FM 957
Matthías Már Magnússon - radio show host at Iceland National Radio 2
Sveinn Birkir Björnsson journalist with Grapevine
Source: Wikipedia & www.kraumur.is