As part of the by:Larm festival in Bergen, the award is handed out to up as well as coming artists. Spellemannprisen, the Norwegian Grammy Award, is still the most established prize for music in Norway. Nevertheless, the Alarm Award has become an important stage for young artists to display their talents. As the Alarm Foundation states: “Alarm will increase focus and knowledge of Norwegian quality music in general. Alarm will become the most important platform for exposing Norwegian artists abroad and within Norway”.

73 journalists have nominated candidates within the categories rock, pop, metal, hip hop/rap, electronica, jazz, song, and live. But the final vote is left to the listeners. As earlier years, anyone can register his or her vote at Alarm’s web site. This year, Turbonegro and King Midas are nominated in three categories, while Ephemera and Ralph Myerz appear in two categories. The other nominees are:

Rock :
Turboneger - Scandinavian Leather
King Midas - Romeo Turn
Ricochets - The Ghost Of Our Love
Amulet - Danger! Danger!
Sgt. Petter - It's A Record

Pop :
Julian Berntzen - Waffy Town
Magnet - On Your Side
Ephemera - Air
Thomas Dybdahl - Stray Dogs
Karen Jo Fields - Chase The Blue

Metal :
Dimmu Borgir - Death Cult Armageddon
El Caco - Solid Rest
The Cumshots - Norwegian Jesus
Enslaved - Below the Lights
Thulsa Doom - ...And Then Take You To A Place Where Jars Are Kept

Hip hop/ Rap :
Paperboys - The Great Escape
Equicez - State of Emergency - Generation Equiz
Jaa9 & OnklP - Bondegrammatikk - The Mixtape
Spetakkel - Spetakkel
Diaz - Velkommen hjem, Andres

Electronica :
Ralph Myerz & The Jack Herren Band - A Special Album
Pleasure - Pleasure
Xploding Plastix - The Donca Matic Singalongs
Tøyen - Did You Bring
Erlend Øye - Unrest

Jazz :
Atomic - Boom Boom
Supersilent - Supersilent 6
Come Shine - With The Norwegian Radio Orchestra In Concert
Håvard Wiik Trio - Postures
Paal Nilsen-Love / Ken Wandermark - Dual

Låt :
Ephemera - Girls Keep Secrets In The Strangest Ways
Equicez - Barnslig
Ricochets - The Ghost Of Our Love
King Midas - Romeo Turn
Turboneger - Fuck The World

Live :
Turboneger
Ralph Myerz & The Jack Herren Band
King Midas
Equicez
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