ABBA wins Lifetime Achievement Award: Agnetha and Frida accept award together

BREAKING NEWS: Last night ABBA was awarded the Rockbjörnen Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony at Cirkus in Stockholm. The Rockbjörnen awards are voted by readers of Aftonbladet.

In a huge surprise moment, Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad-Reuss took to the stage together to accept the award.

See video of Agnetha and Frida’s award acceptance here. Read reports of the ceremony here  (in Swedish). A photo gallery, including many photos of Agnetha and Frida, can be seen here, along with a live blog (also in Swedish).

The pair were interviewed afterwards. Read the interview here (in Swedish) here (in English), and another English translation of the interview at icethesite.


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6 Responses to “ABBA wins Lifetime Achievement Award: Agnetha and Frida accept award together”

  1. ABBACHRISTIANS (soy un fan de ABBA, aficionado a la fotografia y el diseño) Says:

    Thank you so much by sharing the information and pics.
    From Lima – Peru


  2. Samuel Inglles Says:

    Hi Ian

    I know I must be driving you and your BLOG crazy!

    Kind Regards
    Samuel Inglles

    Did Barbra Streisand and Meryl Streep refuse to croon at the Oscars?
    Barbra Streisand and Meryl Streep turned down invitations to participate in the big musical production number staged by Baz Luhrmann at the Oscars, according to a source close to the show.

    At least Streep — who was asked to stand up at her seat in the audience and belt out a few bars of “Mamma Mia!” — declined immediately, according to the source. Streisand — who was asked to appear on stage to croon a few bars of “Somewhere” from “West Side Story” — insisted upon being wooed in grand diva style and kept Luhrmann dangling, waiting for her decision, then bowed out. The courtship included Luhrmann going to Streisand’s home in Malibu where he “hangs out with her for a while, and almost talks her into it . . . but she drops out at the last moment,” said the source who asked not to be identified because he fears backlash from the academy.

    Streisand’s rep did not respond to our request for comment. Streep’s rep denied that she was asked to perform, but a separate source, one close to Luhrmann’s crew, called both diva reports “absolutely true, 100% accurate.” When contacted by Gold Derby, Luhrmann did not deny the reports, but politely “declined to comment.”

    The Oscarcast production number ended up featuring other musical stars: “Dreamgirls” thrush Beyonce Knowles, “High School Musical” sensations Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgensplus “Mamma Mia!” love birds Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper. The segment included song bits from those tuners and “Moulin Rouge” “The Sound of Music,” “West Side Story,” “Grease,” “All that Jazz,” “Singing in the Rain” and “The Wizard of Oz.” It ended with Oscar host Hugh Jackman proclaiming “the musical is back!” as the audience at the Kodak Theatre leaped to its feet to cheer the spectacle.

    Why did Streisand and Streep refuse to join in? Gold Derby asked some ardent fans of both stars, who know their idols’ peccadilloes well, to speculate.

    “I’ll bet you that several things made Babs say ‘no,'” said a fan. “When Streisand performs, she doesn’t just sing a few bars and she doesn’t share the stage. When she did perform at the 1976 ceremony, it was to sing her own composition ‘Evergreen’ just moments before she and lyricist Paul Williams won the Oscar for best song. Also, she’s always worried about how she looks, especially performing live. When Streisand filmed her concerts, she was in charge of the lighting and camera set-ups. This self-confessed control freak would have to cede that territory to the Oscar crew. She would not be able to show herself off in the most flattering light and that is especially a problem for her now that she has packed on a few pounds and can’t seem to lose them.”

    The second source cited above says Streep told Luhrmann “no” because her schedule couldn’t accommodate rehearsal time, but a fan offered his own speculation: “Streep isn’t comfortable singing live in public. She doesn’t do concerts. She only sings in the controlled environment of a recording studio, so Baz’s request probably freaked her out.”

  3. Samuel Inglles Says:

    Duhamel prefers Abba to Fergie

    29th June 2009, 15:00 WST

    Fergie’s actor husband does not listen to her music when he’s filming.

    Josh Duhamel – who married the Black Eyed Peas singer in January – has admitted while his latest film Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen has a rock soundtrack featuring Green Day and Linkin Park, he prefers 1970s pop.

    Duhamel said: “Really, I mostly listened to ABBA on the set.”

    He also talked about preparing for his physically punishing role as Major Lennox of the US military in the movie.

    He added: “The director, Michael Bay, told me: ‘Be in shape. I demand a lot from my male actors, especially in these movies.’

    “I tried to be as strong and ready to go as possible. I was so glad on those days when I was running non-stop in the sweltering heat.

    “The gym doesn’t begin to prepare you for that one.”

    Duhamel also felt a duty to portray his role as realistically as possible in honour of his friends who are currently fighting for their country around the world.

    He added:“We took a lot of pride in trying to represent the military as closely as we could. I’ve got a lot of friends in the army and an aunt over in Iraq, so that was my main focus was to try to represent them all and make them proud.”


  4. Samuel Inglles Says:

    Thank you, says Dido, as women win the Novellos

    By Louise Jury Media Correspondent

    Friday, 24 May 2002

    Dido topped her double Brits triumph by being named songwriter of the year yesterday at the prestigious songwriting honours, the Ivor Novello Awards.

    Dido topped her double Brits triumph by being named songwriter of the year yesterday at the prestigious songwriting honours, the Ivor Novello Awards.

    But it was Kylie Minogue’s day as “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” – written by former chart star Cathy Dennis and Rob Davis, once of the band Mud – scooped three awards including international hit of the year. Ms Dennis said she had never dreamed she would be a winner. “It’s all quite surreal. I’ve been doing this for about 12 years now and a hat-trick is fantastic.”

    Although the Ivor Novellos are not as well-known among the general public as the glitzier Brits, they are highly coveted in the music industry for recognising songwriting talent.

    A number of veteran performers were honoured yesterday alongside Dido and other newcomers such as Hear’Say, the television pop band whose first hit “Pure and Simple” was the UK’s best-selling single last year.

    Kate Bush, who has not released new material for almost a decade, was given an outstanding contribution award and Mick Hucknall, the Simply Red star, received an honorary award for outstanding song collection. He said: “The people who understand about what songwriting is all about are in this room. I’m really more touched about this than any other award.”

    Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of Abba, whose songs are still packing in the audiences at the West End musical Mama Mia!, were given a special international award. And Sting took an international achievement prize.

    The fiercely contested category of best song musically and lyrically went to rock veterans U2 with “Walk On”. The band, who won four Grammies in America earlier this year, beat last year’s winner David Gray, who had been nominated for “Sail Away”, and Travis’s Fran Healy, nominated for “Side”.

    The best contemporary song category was won by Tim Wheeler, who wrote “Shining Light” for Ash, beating Dido’s single “Thank You” and “Clint Eastwood” from Gorillaz.

    George Fenton’s music for the BBC’s latest natural history hit The Blue Planet scooped the best original TV/radio music against competition including Michael Kamen’s score for Band of Brothers. Shrek won the best film score award.

    The full tally for “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” was the best dance song, most performed work and international hit of the year.

    The honours, which are sponsored by the Performing Rights Society, were presented at a lunch at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane.

    * The Classical Brits at the Royal Albert Hall last night bucked the dumbing-down trend recently condemned by the opera singer Sir Thomas Allen and honoured some of its genuine star talents.

    Cecilia Bartoli, the mezzo-soprano, was named female artist of the year; Sir Colin Davis, the conductor, won the male artist honour, and the London Symphony Orchestra scooped two prizes – orchestral album of the year and the critics’ award – for two different performances.

    However, the rise of more populist classical acts was not ignored altogether. Russell Watson, the former steel worker turned “people’s tenor”, won the best album prize for the second successive year as well as the biggest selling classical album award for Encore.

    The winners

    The year’s best songs are honoured with two awards, which both went to Irish acts.

    Best song musically and lyrically went to U2’s hit “Walk On”, while best contemporary song went to “Shining Light” by Ash.

    Other honorary awards went to Simply Red star Mick Hucknall for outstanding song collection, while Sting took the international achievement prize.

    Abba stars Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, took the special international award.

    Hear’Say, who had an astonishing start to their career but have this year been struggling, were honoured for best-selling UK single with their track “Pure and Simple”.

    The full list of winners:

    Best song musically and lyrically ­ “Walk On”, U2.

    Best contemporary song ­ “Shining Light”, Ash.

    Best original music for TV/radio ­ The Blue Planet.

    The Ivors Dance Award ­ “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”, Kylie Minogue.

    Best original film score ­ Shrek.

    Most performed work ­ “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”, Kylie Minogue.

    International hit of the year ­ “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”, Kylie Minogue.

    Bestselling UK single ­ “Pure and Simple”, Hear’Say.

    Outstanding song collection ­ Mick Hucknall, left.

    International achievement ­ Sting.

  5. Samuel Inglles Says:

    Abba’s golden legacy

    4:00AM Sunday Apr 26, 2009
    By Belinda Henley

    The day I meet half of Swedish supergroup Abba, it’s 35 years to the day since they won the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK with Waterloo, and changed the face of pop music forever.

    It’s also 10 years to the day since Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus launched Mamma Mia! in London’s West End. The pair got involved with the musical largely as an experiment to see if a show could be written backwards – ie, to construct a story around already existing songs. “At any time during that process had we thought it was bad for the catalogue, or bad for the legacy of the group we would have pulled the plug, but that never happened. It’s easy to say we didn’t care much but we really do,” says Andersson.

    Expectations for Mamma Mia! were low as critics and audiences prepared to be underwhelmed by another cheesy Abba tribute act. “The first preview was very strange, because the audience had no idea what to expect and we had no idea what to expect from the audience,” recalls Ulvaeus. But Mamma Mia! quickly became one of the most successful productions in musical history, playing in theatres around the world. “I thought it would be a small thing happening in London, that’s as far as my plans went, so this comes as a complete surprise,” Ulvaeus says.

    A decade on, the show has been seen by about 40 million people, taking two billion dollars at the box office and the music of Abba to a new generation. “I find more and more people ask for autographs for their 7-year-old daughter or son and that hasn’t happened for a long time,” says Ulvaeus.

    Adds Andersson with a laugh, “I find people still mostly ask for autographs for their mothers!” Abba remains one of the most successful musical acts of all time. The band still sells about four million albums a year – over their career, they’ve sold more than 370 million. But even now, Ulaveus and Andersson, the musical masterminds behind the group, seem unsure of what the secret to their success is.

    “We were asking ourselves the same question during Abba’s heyday. It seemed everyone was wanting to hear the same music we did at the same time. There is no other explanation because we did exactly what we wanted to do, exactly the way we wanted to do it and it was just pure luck that all those people out there thought the same,” Ulvaeus says.

    And when it all came to an end in the early 80s, Ulvaeus assumed the music, like them, would just fade into obscurity. “I thought it would just trickle away, and in a way it did. It didn’t really start to come back until [the film] Muriel’s Wedding came out, then Erasure recorded some songs and then Abba Gold was released at same time all over the world,” says Andersson.

    Ulaveus adds, “I remember for some time, five years or so it was distinctly uncool to like Abba.”

    “No … never,” objects Andersson.

    Abba’s resurgence reached new levels with last year’s release of the film version of Mamma Mia!, starring Meryl Streep. Both Andersson and Ulvaeus say they had no concerns about taking it to the big screen, “as long as we did not let the rights go to someone else, and we were staying in control”, says Ulvaeus. And then there’s the Mamma Mia! international tour. The show is now in its fifth year of touring, during which it’s been seen by over three million people in 190 cities including Cape Town, Dublin, Beijing, Tel Aviv and Budapest. At the end of this year, for three months, it will make New Zealand its home.

    Ulvaeus and Andersson are undecided if they’ll accompany the tour to New Zealand. The closest they’ve come was for Abba’s 1977 tour of Australia, which sparked mass hysteria throughout the country. The group achieved cult-like status Downunder, and when they finally arrived, “I think we didn’t do ourselves a favour,” reports Andersson. “It had been going on for such a long time with Abba all over the place on pillows and soaps and dolls that when we came there it felt like pulling the plug.” But he does offer some explanation for the Antipodean affinity with their music. “Australians and New Zealanders feel a bit like outsiders and maybe they thought Swedes feel the same way, us being way up there in the north and you being way down there ,” Andersson laughs.

    Australia and New Zealand were two of the first countries to jump onto the Abba bandwagon, well before they had any success in the US or England. “We are grateful to you guys down there,” Ulvaeus says. But for die-hard Abba fans, the ultimate is still the much talked about and hoped for reunion tour. It’s not for a lack of offers – one promoter put a billion dollars on the table. But Ulvaeus and Andersson say there’s no chance. “It was good what we did in 70s and 80s and we could not reproduce that today, however much we tried. To just go out there and play old songs, what would be the reason?” Andersson says.

    Adds Ulvaeus, “The terrifying thought I had was of leaving stage every night, knowing the audience was slightly disappointed or even very disappointed. They would have expected something more lively and that was intolerable.” With no chance of seeing Abba back on stage, the closest New Zealand or any audience will get is with Mamma Mia!. And having seen the show for the second time, in London last week, I can assure you, it’s a pretty good substitute.

    * Mamma Mia! will open in Christchurch on September 10 before moving on to Auckland (September 23) and Wellington (October 22). Tickets are on sale now.

  6. Samuel Inglles Says:

    Samuel L. Jackson’s a huge Abba fan
    Submitted by Kiran Pahwa on Wed, 06/24/2009 – 07:32. Entertainment News Featured Samuel L. Jackson London
    London, June 24 : Actor Samuel L. Jackson wanted to star in hit musical movie MAMMA MIA! – because he”s a huge Abba fan.

    The Pulp Fiction actor revealed that he wasn”t aware the film was in production until it was completed, even though his filmmaker friend Phyllida Lloyd directed it.

    Jackson says he would have begged to land role in Abba-themed musical if he had known about it.

    “I missed that because a friend of mine actually directed Mamma Mia! And I didn”t know it until I saw her last year at the British Film Awards and they won all of these awards,” the Daily Express quoted him as saying.

    “I would have called to be in Mamma Mia! I”m a huge Abba fan,” he added. (ANI)

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