The 20th annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert was held on 11 December 2013, at the Oslo Spektrum arena. Over 6,000 people attended the Concert, including Prince Hakon of Norway and members of the Norwegian royal family.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
The Nobel Peace Prize 2013 was awarded to Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, OPCW, "for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons". Two representatives from the OPCW attended the Concert, which recognized the OPCW role to through inspections, destruction and by other means, eliminate use, production and storage of chemical weapons.
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Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPWC)
The Nobel Peace Prize 2013 laureate
The show opened on a high note, as 15-year-old Swedish sensation Zara Larsson performed her smash, Uncover, which topped the charts across Scandanavia and garnered more than 8 million YouTube views.
Mary J. Blige
Nine-time Grammy Award winner Mary J. Blige brought the crowd to its feet with her hits Family Affair and Just Fine. Blige concluded the show with a moving rendition of U2’s One as a special tribute to Nelson Mandela, a song she previously recorded as a duet with Bono.
Grammy nominated British singer-songwriter and former British Army Captain James Blunt sang his iconic single You´re Beautiful, followed by Bonfire Heart. Just prior to the OPCW being honored on-stage, Blunt returned for No Bravery at the piano, accompanied by chilling imagery of the destructive nature of chemical weapons.
Swedish rapper-reggae artist Timbuktu performed with Alla Vill Till Himmelen Men Få Vill Ju Dö and brought popular Norwegian artist Vinni on stage for the rhythmic reggae tune Let The Monkey Out.
Syrian musician Omar Souleyman, who has released over 500 albums, sang Salamat Galbi Bidek.
Chart-topping newcomer Jake Bugg delivered a poignant version of his song Broken and A Song About Love.
Norwegian hip hop duo Envy had the crowd dancing with In Your Arms and Am I Wrong.
The Concert wrapped with iconic British rocker Morrissey performing a stirring set, including a new cover version of the Lou Reed song Satellite Of Love, People Are The Same Everywhere and Irish Blood, English Heart.