In December, to mark the 50th anniversary of the official Norwegian album and single chart, Norwegian newspaper VG announced a poll to decide the greatest Norwegian hit of the last 50 years. ‘Take on Me’ was one of ten finalists for this award, which was presented at the 2008 Spellemann awards show on 24 January. Morten and Magne were there at the Oslo Spektrum to accept this special award.

People were able to vote for about 30 days online and via mobile for their favorite song. The ten finalists were:

Inger Lise Andersen: “Fru Johnsen”
Kurt Nilsen, Alejandro Fuentes, Espen Lind and Askil Holm: “Hallelujah”
Lene Marlin: “Unforgivable Sinner”
Erlend Bratland: “Lost”
The Monroes: “Cheerio”
Madrugada feat. Ane Brun: “Lift Me”
Kurt Nilsen: “She’s So High”
The Kids: “Forelska i lærer’n”
a-ha: “Take On Me”
Kurt Nilsen and Willie Nelson: “Lost Highway”

Magne thanked everyone who voted for the song. He continued, “It’s good to see that the Norwegian music scene is in much better shape now than when we started – I’m referring to young talents who manage to be successful abroad. So it’s a big honour to be part of a vital Norwegian music scene.”

Links:

VG (Norway): – Nå er vi folkevalgte!
Side 2 (Norway): Ny og gammel eksport
KataWeb (Italy): agli Spellemann 2008 gli a-ha vincono il premio VG Lista

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