Bernhoft, dubbed “R&B’s most unlikely nominee” by the LA Times, was vying for the most prestigious prize in the international music industry alongside electronica veterans Röyksopp, producer Morten Lindberg, sound technicians Øyvind Jakobsen and Jo Ranheim, and the choir leader Viviane Sydness.
The multi-instrumentalist, who is from Nittedal north of Oslo, but lives in New York, was the first non-American ever to be nominated for an award in the US-dominated R&B category. He first broke through in the US in 2011 after he performed an astounding one-man version of his song ‘C’mon Talk’ on the popular Ellen Degeneres show.
"I was confused myself, but Grammy has spoken. I make R&B music,” the singer tweeted on December 5, after he was nominated.
Thomas Dybdahl, whose album Jakobsen and Ranheim engineered, told Dagbladet that he wasn’t disappointed on Sunday night.
“I’m just super happy for the nomination, it’s a fantastic recognition for everyone involved in the record,” he said. “After all, it’s the first time I haven’t won a grammy.”
Do it Again, Röyksopp's album with the Swedish singer Robyn, had been nominated for best Dance/Electronica album.