Alicia Keysâ€™s Nobel Celebrations
Alicia Keys, nine-time Grammy Award winner Keys returns with her long-awaited third studio album, As I Am, set for a worldwide release on November 13, 2007 on J Records
The Nobel Peace Prize Committee has announced an all-star lineup for the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert the evening of December 11th at the Spektrum Arena in Oslo, Norway.
The show will feature performances by world renowned acts including Alicia Keys, Melissa Etheridge, Annie Lennox, Juanes, KT Tunstall, Earth Wind & Fire and Junoon. Additional artists and concert hosts will be announced in coming weeks.
This year’s Nobel Peace Prize Concert will honor laureates Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.
This annual event, presented by the esteemed Norwegian Nobel Committee, is broadcast to more than 100 countries worldwide. The award is given annually to an individual whose humanitarian efforts exemplify a spirit of generosity and leadership that will help spread the positive message manifested by the Nobel Peace Prize throughout the world.
"The Nobel Committee is pleased to welcome such a talented and eclectic group of artists for this momentous occasion,” said Geir Lundestad, Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. "Each year the concert is a wonderful celebration of peace and unity and we hope the world will tune-in and join us.”
The Nobel Peace Prize is the most prestigious award in the world.The Nobel Peace Prize is the most prestigious award in the world, honoring icons such as Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, and other remarkable individuals and organizations.
For the past decade plus, the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony has been followed the next day by the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, a musical celebration honoring the laureate.
The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Concert lineup includes:
Alicia Keys, nine-time Grammy Award winner Keys returns with her long-awaited third studio album, As I Am, set for a worldwide release on November 13, 2007 on J Records; Melissa Etheridge – It doesn't get much more elemental than "All There Is," the brief, swirling invocation of the essence of the universe with which Melissa Etheridge, Grammy winner, opens The Awakening, the ninth studio album of her singular career, just released on Island Records; Annie Lennox – Multi-million selling, iconic artist Annie Lennox released her fourth solo album, Songs Of Mass Destruction, in October 2007 through RCA Label Group. In addition to her artistic achievements, Annie is a celebrated activist and humanitarian.
Her new album features the powerful feminist anthem Sing, born out of Annie’s involvement with Nelson Mandela’s 46664 and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) – organizations fighting for human rights, education and health care for those affected by the HIV AIDS virus; Juanes – In both critical respect and global commercial success, Juanes has become the leading all-Spanish language music artist in the world. He was named by Time Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2005 for both his musical accomplishments and notable humanitarian efforts. The Colombian superstar has sold over ten million albums worldwide and won 12 Latin Grammy Awards. His new album La Vida…Es Un Ratico (Life is a Moment”) is set for release this month by Universal Latino and is the much-anticipated follow-up to his globally multi-platinum release Mi Sangre;
KT Tunstall – The Scottish-born singer-songwriter, known to her family as Kate, just released a highly-anticipated new album entitled Drastic Fantastic on Virgin Records. Tunstall’s gritty, soulful debut, Eye to the Telescope was certified platinum in the U.S. and quintuple platinum in the U.K., with worldwide sales exceeding 3.5 million copies;
Earth, Wind & Fire – One of the most musically accomplished, critically acclaimed, and commercially popular funk bands of the 1970’s, Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) is still going strong three decades later with new material, collaborations with chart-topping artists and their elaborate and dynamic sold-out concerts around the world. Founded by Maurice White in Chicago in 1969, EWF's all-encompassing musical vision uses funk as its foundation, but also incorporates jazz, smooth soul, gospel, pop, rock & roll, psychedelia, blues, folk, African music, and disco. In 1975, Earth, Wind & Fire first hit it big with the love-and-encouragement anthem "Shining Star," which shot to the top of both the R&B and pop charts, making EWF mainstream stars; it later won a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group; and, Junoon – With a distinct blend of Western and Eastern musical styles, Pakistani band Junoon has ignited audiences and sold over 20 million albums worldwide. Junoon has performed with Pearl Jam and Oasis, and was the first Asian band to appear at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. The band has also raised awareness of political issues like AIDS, and was honored with the Outstanding Achievement in Music and Peace Award from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
In 2002, Junoon began a new chapter by releasing the antiterrorism song “No More” in English, another attempt to spread their message to a wider audience.
For more information on the Nobel Peace Prize and Concert, please visit nobelpeaceprize.org. Cisco Systems is a proud global sponsor of the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. The Nobel Peace Prize Concert is organized by the Norwegian Nobel Committee in cooperation with Dinamo Story and IMG.
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