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Conan O’Brien to host Nobel concert in Oslo

It has been announced that the American comedian and talk show host Conan O'Brien will host this year's Nobel concert in Oslo.

Conan O'Brien to host Nobel concert in Oslo
O'Brien said it was "an honour" to be selected to host the show. Photo: oe Pugliese / Siren Studios Orange / NTB scanpix
The 53-year-old talk show host will lead the 23rd edition of the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Telenor Arena on Wednesday December 11th.
 
“It is an honor to lead such a prestigious event,” O'Brien said. 
 
O'Brien hosts the talkshow ‘Conan’ on the American television station TBS. The show is in its eighth season on the channel.
 
Previously, he has written and produced episodes for numerous television programs, including ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘The Simpsons’. He has won three Emmy Awards.
 
“We are extremely pleased to have O'Brien as host of the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. It's going to be a wonderful tribute to this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner and a concert that will promote the message of peace throughout the world,” said Olav Njølstad, director of the Nobel Institute.
 
It has previously been announced that American signer-songwrite Halsey and Norwegian indie pop Highasakite will perform as part of the Nobel concert.
 
This year's prize went to Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos for his untiring efforts to bring the more than 50-year civil war in his country to an end.

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Norwegian MP proposes Black Lives Matter for Nobel Peace Prize

Norwegian MP Petter Eide has nominated Black Lives Matter for the Nobel Peace Prize, reportedly stating that the movement had "forced countries other than the US to face up to racism within their own societies."

Norwegian MP proposes Black Lives Matter for Nobel Peace Prize
A Black Lives Matter demonstration in Oslo, 2016. Photo: Torstein Bøe / NTB/ TT

“I find that one of the key challenges we have seen in America, but also in Europe and Asia, is the kind of increasing conflict based on inequality,” Mr Eide said in his nomination papers, according to The Guardian.  

“Black Lives Matter has become a very important worldwide movement to fight racial injustice. They have had a tremendous achievement in raising global awareness and consciousness about racial injustice,” he added.

Founded in the United States in 2013, the Black Lives Matter movement gained momentum in May 2020 after George Floyd died. A white policeman had knelt on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes ignoring Floyd’s pleas that he couldn’t breathe.

The incident fuelled protests in the United States that sped across the world.

“This movement has become one of the strongest global movements for working with racial injustice,” Petter Eide, told AFP.

“They have also been spread to many many countries, building up… awareness on the importance of fighting racial injustice,” he said.

Tens of thousands of people, including MPs and ministers from all countries, former Nobel laureates and distinguished academics, can propose candidates for the various Nobel prizes. The deadline ends on Sunday.

The Nobel prizes will be announced at the start of October. 

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