Morrissey and Jake Bugg are among a new batch of artists scheduled to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert happening December 11th in Oslo, Norway. Syrian musician Omar Souleyman and Swedish rapper Timbuktu will also take part in the 20th annual event, joining previously announced performers Mary J. Blige, James Blunt, Swedish singer Zara Larsson and Norwegian hip-hop duo Envy. Claire Danes will host the concert.
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The concert will come as part of a ceremony honoring this year’s Nobel Peace Prize recipient, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, for the Netherlands-based group’s efforts to eliminate chemical weapons – an especially resonant issue this year, in light of evidence that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have used chemical weapons in the ongoing conflict there.
Morrissey will sing three songs at the concert, according to a notice on the fan site True to You. It’s been a busy year for the singer, who has canceled other concerts over recurring health problems. He also recently published an autobiography, which will be read by Walking Dead star David Morrissey in audio-book form.
Bugg, the 19-year-old English singer and songwriter, recently released his second album this year, Shangri La, which he recorded with Rick Rubin. “Might as well keep up the momentum, you know?” Bugg told Rolling Stone over the summer. “In this time that I’ve been touring and traveling the world I had a lot of new experiences and opportunity. Why not write about it?”
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The Nobel Peace Prize Concert will air in the U.S. on AXS TV on December 11th from 8-9:30 p.m. EST.