Stockholm producer Max Martin picks up Grammy

Sweden enjoyed Grammy success in Los Angeles, with three Swedes picking up awards at the prestigious ceremony on Sunday night, including producer Max Martin who is behind some of the biggest hits in pop music.

Stockholm producer Max Martin picks up Grammy
Max Martin accepts his award at the 57th annual Grammy Awards. Photo: John Shearer/Invision/AP

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Stockholm-based producer Max Martin's work with Katy Perry and Taylor Swift landed him the gong for best producer in a non-classical category.

The pop producer has had an impressive twenty year career, writing some of the biggest hits for artists like Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears and many more.

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Swedish mezzo soprano Ann Sofie von Otter and pianist Bengt Forsberg won an award for classical album category for their record 'Douce France'.

One of Sweden's most loved pop artists, Robyn, was nominated together with fellow Swedes Röyksopp and Little Dragon in the best dance/electronic music category, but lost out to Aphex Twin.

And Jonas Åkerlund, who was nominated for best musical film for his “Beyonce & Jay Z: On the run tour”, also went home empty handed. The director is known for his work with artists such as Madonna, U2 and Lady Gaga.


Robyn delights fans with secret gig

The Swedish pop icon Robyn marked her return to the limelight on Saturday, with a secret concert for fans at an art centre in the Stockholm archipelago.

Robyn delights fans with secret gig
Robyn played for about 90 minutes. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT
The star burst onto the stage at Artipelag with a performance of Honey, the title track from her new album.
But later in the 90-minute performance, she returned to some of her biggest hits, sending the thousand lucky ticket recipients into a frenzy with renditions of “Dancing on my own” and “Call your girlfriend”. 
To get hold of a ticket for the “Secret gig” concert, fans had to download an interactive game to their phones, which forced them to meet other fans in real life. They were then issued tickets and directed to a pick-up point from where they were taken to the mystery location. 
Fans jubilant at Robyn's come-back gig on Saturday. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT
“We had no idea where we were going to go, but in the end it was a party boat from Strandvägen [in central Stockholm] here to Artipelag [in Gustavsberg],” Mikaela Persson and Emma Johansson, two dedicated fans, told Swedish broadcaster SVT before the concert.
“It feels super exciting and extremely fun to be here instead of being at a normal concert location.” 
Kersti Hansen and Terese Moe Hansen, who had travelled all the way from Trondheim in Norway to be at the concert, said they were among the singer’s most die-hard fans. 
“We’ve been fans since we were 14 at the time she had her breakthrough,” Terese Moe Hansen told Sweden’s TT newswire. “We’ve been to all the concerts, we’ve cut our hair in Robyn haircuts. We’ve been fans for as long as Robyn has existed.” 
“I love that she does her own thing,” Kersti Hansen explained. “She makes music on her own terms.” 
The ground-breaking Swedish pop star this week released Honey, her first album in eight years. 
Alexis Petridis, a review from The Guardian, has called the album “Scandipop’s equivalent of Blood on the Tracks”, referencing the much-loved Bob Dylan album about heartbreak and loss. 
Another fan told SVT that the album was “not as clubby as Body Talk” and that the music was more “mature”. 
“But it was well worth the eight year wait. The more you listen to it, the more it grows on you.”