The Definitive List

Throughout their 30+ year career, a-ha has been recognized time after time within the music industry for their ground-breaking videos, chart-topping singles and influential albums. Below is a list of awards and recognition a-ha have received over the years, we’ve made an attempt to record as many as possible but we may have missed a few. If you are aware of any other awards or if there are corrections, please send the information to us at editor@a-ha.com to add to this page!

1985

  • Billboard Music Video Award – Best Overall Video
  • Billboard Music Video Award – Best Direction
  • Billboard Music Video Award – Most Innovative Video
  • Billboard Music Video Award – Best Conceptual Video
  • Billboard Music Video Award – Best Special Effects
  • Billboard Music Video Award – Best New Artist
  • Billboard Music Video Award – Best Editing

1986

  • Spellemann for Best Pop Album: Hunting High and Low
  • Årets Spellemann: Hunting High and Low
  • MTV Video Music Award – Best New Artist
  • MTV Video Music Award – Best Direction (Director Steve Barron)
  • MTV Video Music Award – Best Concept Video
  • MTV Video Music Award – Most Experimental Video
  • MTV Video Music Award – Viewer’s Choice
  • MTV Video Music Award – Best Special Effects
    (Candace Reckinger and Michael Patterson)
  • MTV Video Music Award – Best Editing (Editor: David Yardley)
  • MTV Video Music Award – Best Cinematography
    (Director of photography: Oliver Stapleton)
  • The Golden Rose Festival, Switzerland : Best Music Video Award
    for “Take On Me”
  • “Goldene Europa” awards in Germany: Best Video Award: “Take On Me”
  • Best video of from the West German TV channel “SR” for “Take On Me”
  • Bravo Bronze OTTO Award – Best Popband of the Year 1985

1987

  • Bravo Gold OTTO Award – Best Popband of the Year 1986
  • The Per Gynt Award
  • Spelleman for Best Pop Album: Scoundrel Days
  • Spelleman The Jury’s Honorary Award
  • Montreux, the “IM&MC Gala”: “Best Group Video Award”
    (British Industry Award) : “Cry Wolf”
  • Berolina Awards Berlin: Best International Group Award
  • Australian “Count Down Awards” : “Most Popular International Act” award
  • Azzurro Festivla in Bari, Italy: a-ha receives an award
  • Australian Video Awards : Award for “Hunting High and Low” music video

1988

  • The “Diamond Awards Antwerp, Belgium: Diamond award for the song “Touchy”
  • Goldener Europa awards, Frankfurt, Germany : “Stay On These Roads”
  • Bravo Gold OTTO Award – Best Popband of the Year 1987

1989

  • Bravo Gold OTTO Award – Best Popband of the Year 1988

1991

  • BMI Awards for 1 000 000 US radioplays of “Take On Me”

1993

  • World Music Award: Best selling artist in Norway (National Award)

2000

  • Spelleman The Jury’s Honorary Award
  • Spelleman Video award: “Velvet”

2001

  • ‘Goldene Europa’, Comeback of the year award, Germany

2003

  • World Music Award: Best selling artist in Norway award (National Award)

2004

  • Nordic Music Awards – Prize of Honor

2005

  • Vina del Mar Festival : Silver torch
  • Vina del Mar Festival : Gold Torch
  • Vina del Mar Festival : Silver Seagull

2006

  • Q Inspiration Award

2007

  • BMI Multi Million performance award for 3 000 000 plays of “Take On Me” on US radio

2008

  • Rolf Gammleng awards: award for POP

2009

  • Greatest Norwegian Hit of the last 50 years: “Take On Me”
  • SWR’s New Pop Festival, Germany: ‘Pioneer of Pop’ Award

2010

  • World music award (regional): Best Scandinavian artist: A-ha

2011

  • Spellemann Award of Honor
    Inducted into the Norwegian Music Hall of Fame

2012

  • The Norwegian Royal Order of St. Olav

2013

  • BMI Million-Air Award for for 4 million US radioplays of ‘Take On Me’

Much of this information was compiled from the a-ha diary fan site, which is an excellent and reliable source of facts and information about a-ha. Check it out!