Sissel Receives Humanitarian Award

In April, Sissel Kyrkjebø received the first-ever Creativity award from the Roots of Humanity Foundation for her humanitarian work and the hopeful messages in her music.

Sissel has been a UNICEF ambassador since 2005. She has received Spellemannsprisen (Norwegian Grammy) in both Årets spellemann (Artist of the Year) and Juryens hederspris (Lifetime Achievement) categories. She has also been knighted by Norway’s king as a Knight of the 1st Class in the Order of St. Olav.

After performing in Eurovision 1986, Sissel became a household name in Norway, known for her bell-like voice. She has recorded with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Placido Domingo and performed on film soundtracks such as Lord of the Rings and Titanic.

The Seven Pillars of Humanity are conferred in the subjects of knowledge, creativity, faith, love, unity, freedom and courage. “Sissel exudes all the qualities of human ability,” said Tom Holdman, artist and founding board member of the Roots of Humanity Foundation. “We could not have been happier to honor her talent as a singer.”

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