Nobel Peace Prize Concert

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Scarlett Johansson and Michael Caine at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2008

The Nobel Peace Prize Concert (Norwegian and Swedish: Nobels fredspriskonsert) has been held annually since 1994 on 11 December, to honour the Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The award ceremony on 10 December takes place in Oslo City Hall, while the concert has been held at Oslo Spektrum, with the attendance of the laureate and other prominent guests. The Concert is broadcast to a global audience and reaches up to 350 million households in 100 countries.


In 2015 a new distributor was announced and after 20 years at Oslo Spektrum, a change of concert venue was announced. The much larger Telenor Arena. The international entertainment giant IMG lost the job in obtaining sponsors and distribute it. Instead the concert will be produced by the Norwegian event agency Gyro in cooperation with the television production department to Norwegian Warner Bros, the former Eyeworks. [1]

The concert features performers from a wide range of musical genres, the exception being the year of 1995, when a classical concert was held instead. Several editions of the concert are recorded, with different lengths and content, for airing in several countries.

The hosts give descriptions of the winner's work, an interview with the winner is shown, and the winner gives a speech during the concert.

In 2018, the concert organizers announced that the show would be put on hiatus for 2018, hoping to hold a relaunched concert the following year. The official website stated, "The decision emerges from a wish to re-think the concert format and content but also reflects the challenging financial situation of the concert in recent years. Moreover, people’s media preferences have undergone radical change since the first concert in 1994. This is something the concert organizers and producers are keenly aware of as they move forward. We have struggled to maintain an appropriate level of financing and want to use the year ahead to develop a new format for the concert. Our ambition is to launch a renewed and better concert in 2019. [...] We plan to use this break to further develop the format and strengthen the financing beyond the continuing and generous support of our long term Norwegian sponsors. The firmer our financial base, the stronger our independence in choice of concert format and profile, say concert producers Odd Arvid Strømstad (Warner Bros. Norway) and Kristian Kirkvaag (Gyro)."

Laureates, hosts and artists by year

Since planning starts in January, the artists invited to the concert aren't typically connected to the winner, who is announced in October. However, a few late additions are usually made to reflect the winner. Originally, the show was hosted by Norwegian celebrities or television personalities. However, since the year 2000 hosts have with few exceptions come from the United States of America. The Norwegian Radio Orchestra is the main orchestra every year.


Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin
Erik Bye


Joseph Rotblat and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs

This year a concert featuring only classical works was held.


Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo and José Ramos-Horta
Lise Fjeldstad


International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and Jody Williams
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir

Harry Connick Jr brought 35 musicians with him on stage, when performing at the concert in 1997.


John Hume and David Trimble
Åse Kleveland

At the concert in 1998, American TV network Fox, did not include A-ha's performance, which was edited out. Another performance edited out by Fox in 1998, was Norwegian artist Espen Lind's "Pop From Hell". The word "hell" was not the problem, but the following sentence: "You make me so hard/because you're a star". A Fox-producer stated it would be too much to take for the American family audience. Espen Lind was told his performance would not be edited out if he did not include the word "hard" in the song, but he would not change the lyrics. He said he did not want to let himself be controlled by a double-moralistic American family channel, and that such compromises were not acceptable for him to make.


Médecins Sans Frontières
Claus Wiese
Voice-over: David Fishel


Kim Dae-jung
Jane Seymour (short notice cancellation by Meryl Streep)


The United Nations and Kofi Annan
Liam Neeson and Meryl Streep

The 2001 concert's closing song was "Let It Be", performed by Paul McCartney and the other artists.


Jimmy Carter
Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange

The Grand Finale in 2002, performed by all the artists, was "Imagine" by John Lennon.


Shirin Ebadi
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas

The Grand Finale in 2003, sung by all the artists, was "Imagine". Robert Plant sang and changed the word "religion" with "division" in the sentence "Nothing to kill or die for/ And no division too".


Wangari Maathai
Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise

The use of Tom Cruise as a host created some controversy both from people fearing it could be used to promote Scientology [2] and from people who were unhappy with his supportive statements on the Iraq War. [3] There was however no mention of Scientology during the concert and Cruise has stated his remarks on the war were misquoted. The Grand Finale was led by Patti LaBelle. For the third year in a row, the song chosen for the finale was John Lennon's "Imagine".


The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Mohamed ElBaradei
Julianne Moore and Salma Hayek

The Grand Finale in 2005, sung by all the artists, was "Give Peace a Chance".


Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank
Sharon Stone and Anjelica Huston

The artists joined Lionel Richie on stage at the end of the show when/after he was singing "All Night Long".


Al Gore and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Kevin Spacey (short notice cancellation by Tommy Lee Jones) and Uma Thurman [4]


Martti Ahtisaari
Scarlett Johansson [5] & Michael Caine [6]

The artists joined Diana Ross on stage at the end of the show when/after she was singing Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand).


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Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2009
Barack Obama (did not attend the concert)
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith with additional appearance by their children Jaden Smith and Willow Smith [8]

The Grand Finale in 2009, sung by all the artists, was Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror". [9]


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Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2010
Liu Xiaobo (absent)
Denzel Washington and Anne Hathaway [10]

All artists performed Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" as the finale to the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Concert.


Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Roberta Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman
Helen Mirren [11] and Rosario Dawson [12]

All artists joined with Angélique Kidjo on the stage singing the song "Move On Up" as the finale to the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Concert.


European Union [15]
Sarah Jessica Parker and Gerard Butler [16]


Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons [20]
Claire Danes [21] and Aaron Eckhart [22]
[23] [24]


Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi
Queen Latifah [25] (also performed two songs during the show: "I Know Where I've Been" and "U.N: I.T.Y.")
[26] [27] [28] [29]

Much of the concert of 2014 was influenced by Bollywood performances.


Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet [30]
Jay Leno (main program), [31] Derek Muller (YouTube backstage host) [32]


President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos for his peace negotiation efforts with FARC [36]
Conan O'Brien (also performed a short "traditional Norwegian song" based on Jørn Hoel's "Har en drøm" with the orchestra after Halsey's set)



One of the surviving Hibaku pianos, a series of pianos that were successfully restored following the Hiroshima and Nagaski atomic bombings in 1945, was featured during the event. It was played by John Legend during his and Zara Larsson's duet. This was the last concert before a hiatus was announced in 2018.



No regular Nobel Peace Prize Concert was held this year, as the organizers decided to look at the event and make changes. An alternative concert is planned for 2018. It is estimated that the original Nobel Peace Prize concert will appear again in a different format in 2019.

Hosts: Kåre Magnus Bergh and Silje Nordnes

Artists for alternative concert: [48]

International broadcasters

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