Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2011

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The Nobel Peace Prize Concert (Norwegian and Swedish: Nobels fredspriskonsert) has been held annually since 1994 on 11 December, to honour the Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The award ceremony on 10 December takes place in Oslo City Hall, while the concert has been held at Oslo Spektrum, with the attendance of the laureate and other prominent guests. The Concert is broadcast to a global audience and reaches up to 350 million households in 100 countries.

Evanescence performed at the 2011 concert, held on December 11.[1] They performed Lost in Paradise and Bring Me to Life along with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra conducted by Nick Davies. At the end of the concert, all artists joined with Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo on the stage singing the song Move On Up as the finale to the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Concert.

When asked what moment in her career she's most proud of in a 2017 interview, Amy replied:

Vin1.jpg The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony concert in Oslo, Norway. We played alongside people that we would never have normally played with from all around the world. It was very prestigious, very powerful, and a very love-filled experience. It was a big deal, so we had to dress up really cool.[2] Vin2.jpg

Nobel Prize winners

Tawakkul Karman and Amy Lee

Amy wrote on Twitter: "I am inspired and uplifted. I am humbled and honored. I will remember today for the rest of my life."[3]

The Nobel committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 was to be divided in equal parts between three women: Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee of Libya and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.[4]

Evanescence attended the award ceremony the day before the concert, and this is what Amy said on Twitter:

Vin1.jpg The band and I had the incredible honor of attending the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony today. I felt inspired, empowered, proud to be a woman.[5] Vin2.jpg


Hostess Rosario Dawson introduced Evanescence's performance by saying their sound was "incredible." The band performed Lost in Paradise and Bring Me to Life along with a Norwegian orchestra. Between the songs, Amy took the opportunity to honor the three Nobel Prize winners:

Vin1.jpg We're here tonight honoring three very, very, very brave women who made great sacrifices in their life to try improve this world. I just want to thank you for believing... We believe with you that we can do that, we can make this world a better place if we work together and remember to think of each other before ourselves. Thank you. Vin2.jpg

Rumor has it that the band was originally going to perform four songs, including My Heart is Broken (Evanescence's latest single at the time), but the production team chose Lost in Paradise and Bring Me to Life.

The dress Amy worn at the concert was designed by her and Masaaki Sato.[6]

The artists and the songs they performed that night are as follows:

  • Janelle Monáe – "Cold War", "I Want You Back", "Tightrope"
  • Angélique Kidjo (Leymah Gbowee's personal selection) – "Africa"
  • Evanescence – "Lost in Paradise", "Bring Me to Life"
  • Ahmed Fathi (Tawakkol Karman's personal selection) – "The Good Spirits"
  • Ellie Goulding – "Starry Eyed", "Your Song"
  • Jill Scott – "Hate on Me", "Golden", "He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat)"
  • Jarle Bernhoft – "C'mon Talk"
  • Sugarland – "Stuck Like Glue", "Tonight"
  • David Gray – "Fugitive"
  • World Youth Choir – "O Fortuna"
  • Miatta Fahnbulleh (Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's personal selection) – "Obaa"
  • Norwegian Radio Orchestra conducted by Nick Davies (featured in all artists performances)
  • Hearts In Motion Gospel Choir (featured in David Gray's "Fugitive" and Ahmed Fathi's "The Good Spirits")