Bigbang Grammy

Řystein Greni of Bigbang was nominated this week for the 2009 Norwegian Grammy's Spellemannsprisen, in the category of Popular Music Composer for the album Edendale.

Edendale, which went platinum in Norway and was just released in North America this month, is notable in that while this is the sixth nomination for the band (prior nominations include three for best album, one for best newcomers and one for best song), it is the first for Greni as a composer.

"I am honored and thrilled to be nominated as a songwriter," says Greni."When you are in a band, you sometimes feel people don't pay attention to the songwriting. It's all about the guitar tones or the musicianship. In our case it's all about the live show we put on. To be acknowledged on the strength of our songs, which may be part of the secret to our live success, is a big compliment. It touches the hardworking loner artist in me, as opposed to the less vulnerable stagediving frontman."

The televised awards show will be held on 6th of March at the Oslo Spektrum.

Bigbang will be performing at NX35 festival in Denton TX, March 11-16 and at the SXSW Music Conference in Austin March 17-21.

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