Björk performs during the Biophilia Tour in Paris, February 2013
21 November 1965
|Home town||Reykjavík, Iceland|
|Spouse(s)||Þór Eldon (m. 1986–87)|
|Partner(s)||Matthew Barney (2000–13)|
|Awards||see List of awards and nominations|
Björk was born Björk Guðmundsdóttir on 21 November 1965 in Reykjavík, Iceland. She is an Icelandic singer, songwriter, composer, actress, record producer and DJ. She mostly writes her own songs. She is best known for telling people how she feels with emotions and for her unique voice. She sings mostly in English but sometimes in Icelandic.
Her career started with singing Tina Charles' 1976 hit song "I Love to Love" in a school recital, and a recording of her singing the song was sent to the RÚV radio station. The recording was nationally broadcast, after that, Björk was offered a recording contract. Her self-titled début album, Björk, was recorded and released in Iceland in December 1977. Before embarking on a solo career in 1993, Björk was the lead singer of alternative rock band The Sugarcubes, which is called as "Iceland's biggest rock band". Since then, she has received consistent critical praise for her innovative vocal and compositional approaches, musical experimentation, and art direction, and is recognized as one of the best singer-songwriters of her generation. Her albums reached the top 20 in the Billboard 200 chart.
Björk has won five BRIT Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, one MOJO Award, three UK Music Video Awards, 21 Icelandic Music Awards and, in 2010, the Polar Music Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in recognition of her "deeply personal music and lyrics, her precise arrangements and her unique voice". She has also been nominated for 14 Grammy Awards, one Academy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards. She was included in Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. She won the Best Actress Award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival for her performance in the film Dancer in the Dark.
Discography (albums by Björk)[change | change source]
- Björk (1977) - Her first album where she sings Icelandic
- Gling-Gló (1990) - A jazz album where she sings mostly in Icelandic
- Debut (1993)
- Post (1995)
- Telegram (1996) - Remixes from Post
- Homogenic (1997)
- Selmasongs (2000) - Music for the movie made by Lars von Trier, Dancer in the Dark
- Vespertine (2001)
- Greatest Hits (2002) - Collection of the best tracks of Björk chosen by audience
- Family Tree (2002) - Mini compact disc boxset of rare and unreleased works
- Live Box (2003) - Collection of music from each album's live shows
- Medúlla (2004)
- Drawing Restraint 9 (2005) - Music from her film with her husband Matthew Barney, Drawing Restraint 9
- Surrounded (2006) - Dual Disc boxset of most of her old music, remastered in Surround Sound
- Volta (2007)
- Biophilia (2011)
- Bastards (2012) - Remixes from Biophilia
- Vulnicura (2015)
- Utopia (2017)
References[change | change source]
- Pareles, Jon (30 January 2015). "Sometimes Heartbreak Takes a Hostage". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/01/arts/music/for-bjork-a-new-album-vulnicura-and-a-moma-show.html?_r=0&module=ArrowsNav&contentCollection=Music&action=keypress®ion=FixedLeft&pgtype=article.
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