His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway participated yesterday in the Norwegian music festival By: Larm and a series of events to mark the festival’s 20th anniversary. The day began with the Crown Prince and Crown Princess being given a guided tour of “Tanken.” This is an activity centre for youth located in Sandvika, one of the suburbs of Oslo, Norway’s capital. Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit got to meet many youths who uses the activity house to write new songs and develop their musical talent.
After this, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess held a lunch at their private residence, Skaugum. Here came guests from the Norwegian music industry and special guests from other locations, including the United States. Norwegian music in recent years has been very popular worldwide; therefore, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess believes that it is worth pursuing further success in the Norwegian music industry. The lunch was arranged so that new Norwegian musical talents could come into contact with the established music industry.
Tim Blacksmith, working at Stargate management in Los Angeles, was among the special invited guest. He had the honour to hand out a scholarship at the lunch. The scholarship went to Karen Norbakken. The award honours the Norwegian managers Per Eirik Johansen’s memory and will be used to explore and exploit international opportunities for themselves and the artists it represents.
Last night, Crown Prince Haakon attended an anniversary celebration for By: Larm in downtown Oslo. The Crown Prince had given a speech before he and the rest of the guests got a look back at the last 20 years in the Norwegian and Nordic music industry. The award for the best Nordic album was also handed out. The Crown Prince had the honour of handing out Phonofile Nordic Music Prize to the winner, Jenny Whale.
The Crown Prince and Crown Princess were given a surprise yesterday. The two met the Norwegian Grammy-nominated songwriter Schuller. Under the stage name “Accident”, Schuller has written a song for Justin Bieber’s Grammy-nominated album “Purpose.” After greeting the Crown Prince and Crown Princess, Schuller said that he was the neighbour to Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s son, Marius Borg Høiby, who moved to Los Angeles a few months ago. This surprised the both of them. They thought it was a funny coincidence, and the Crown Princess gave him a clear message: “So funny, you have to watch him for me.”