Eccentric and visionary Icelandic singer who’s celebrated on her behalf digital music and avant-garde personal style. A few of her most remarkable songs consist of “Military Of Me,” “Joga,” “Isobel,” and “Pagan Poetry.” She was a kid prodigy who sang jazz and continued to maintain punk rings, two which had been known as Spit and Snot and KUKL. She acquired her first discovery as lead vocalist of the choice rock-band The Sugarcubes, as the band’s 1987 one “Birthday” became popular in america and UK. She wedded composer Thor Eldon in 1986 plus they had one young child jointly, a son called Sindri. Afterwards they divorced and she became companions with Matthew Barney, an experimental filmmaker. She and Barney acquired a daughter called Isadora before separating in 2013. She’s collaborated with such performers and companies as Arca, Matmos, and Tricky.
Full Name Björk
Date Of Birth November 21, 1965
Place Of Birth Reykjavik, Iceland
Height 1.63 m
Weight 122 lbs
Profession Pop Singer
Spouse Þór Eldon
Children Sindri Eldon Þórsson, Ísadóra Bjarkardóttir Barney, It's Oh So Quiet, Army of Me, Hyperballad
Parents Guðmundur Gunnarsson, Hildur Rúna Hauksdóttir, It's Oh So Quiet, Army of Me, Hyperballad
Siblings Inga Hrönn Guðmundsdóttir, Arnar Sævarsson, It's Oh So Quiet, Army of Me, Hyperballad
Awards Cannes Best Actress Award, Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist, MTV Europe Music Award for Best Female, MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction, MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography, European Film Award for Best Actress, MTV Video Music Award Best Breakthrough Video, MTV Video Music Award for Best Visual Effects, Brit Award for International Breakthrough Act, NME Award for Best Solo Artist, Bodil Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Satellite Award for Best Original Song, Robert Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, European Film Audience Award for Best Actress, Robert Award for Best Score, Polar Music Prize for Popular Music, NME Award for Most Desirable Person, Danish Music Award for Foreign Newcomer of the Year, Danish Grammy Award for Foreign Female Singer of the Year, It's Oh So Quiet, Army of Me, Hyperballad
Music Groups The Sugarcubes, Tappi Tíkarrass, Kukl, Björk Guðmundsdóttir & tríó Guðmundar Ingólfssonar, It's Oh So Quiet, Army of Me, Hyperballad
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album, Academy Award for Best Original Song, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama, MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video, Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction, MTV Europe Music Award for Best Video, MTV Video Music Award for Best Editing, MTV Europe Music Award for Best Song, MTV Europe Music Award for Best Alternative, MTV Video Music Award for Best Video (That Should Have Won a Moonman), Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, NME Award for Best Album Artwork, Echo Award for Best International Rock/Pop Female Artist, International Viewer's Choice Award for MTV Europe, UK Festival Award for Headline Performance Of The Year, It's Oh So Quiet, Army of Me, Hyperballad
Movies Dancer in the Dark, Drawing Restraint 9, BjöRk: Biophilia Live, Volumen, The Juniper Tree, Anna and the Moods, Screaming Masterpiece, The Work of Director Chris Cunningham, When Björk Met Attenborough, Live in Cambridge, Live at Shepherds Bush Empire, Vessel, Moomins and the Comet Chase, Volumen Plus, The Young Americans, Prêt-à-Porter, The Medúlla Videos, Bjork: Miniscule, The Work of Director Michel Gondry, The Work of Director Spike Jonze, Remote Control, Playground, Huldufólk 102, Free Tibet, To Lee, with Love, Nick, Bjork: Voltaic, Bjork: MTV: Unplugged & Live, The Flyer, Me and Bobby Fischer, Rock the Universe, Bjork: Triumph of a Heart
Star Sign Scorpio
Is a fan of Wutang's producer RZA. The two recorded a track together and RZA even referenced her in his rhymes on a separate work.
She said her first name is pronounced "Byerk" (rhymes with jerk), and not the commonly mispronounced "Byork".
Music video "It's Oh So Quiet" was ranked #50 on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos.
Winner of the 2005 Q Inspiration Award.
Winner of the 1994 Brit Award for International Female.
Mad TV character Miss Swan (played by Alex Borstein) is partially based on her.
In February 2006, Bjork visited Banda Aceh in Indonesia for two days as a goodwill ambassador to the victims of the 2004 tsunami.
She was named the world's most eccentric star in a poll by the BBC in January 2006.
Before she was famous, she worked odd jobs at an antiques shop, a bookstore, a Coca-Cola bottling plant where her job was to check for cleanliness, and a fish factory during the easter break in 1984.
In 2002, her mother, Hildur Rúna Hauksdóttir, went on a short-lived hunger strike to protest the development of an aluminum smelter at Reyðarfjörður, on the Icelandic coast. Reyðarfjörður was the setting of one of her music videos.
A short scene of Bjork's video 'Big Time Sensuality' can be seen in the movie Vanilla Sky (2001) in a vision sequence Tom Cruise has.
Her favorite housework around the house is washing clothes because that's when a tune usually comes into her head.
Ranked #36 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
Received much criticism at the 73rd Annual Academy Awards when she arrived on the red carpet with her now famous "swan dress" which "laid an egg" literally -- a large ostrich-sized egg dropped from under it!
Wrote the song "Bedtime Story" for Madonna's album Bedtime Stories. Madonna had asked Bjork to sing the song with her, but she declined.
In recognition of her contribution to promoting Iceland abroad, the government gave her the island of Ellidaey, off the coast of Iceland.
As of September 2002, MTV has ranked Björk's music video Björk: Pagan Poetry (2001) as one of the channel's most controversial videos ever as it depicts several shots of not only Björk's breasts, but also multiple body piercings on her arms and back.
Has gone on record saying she will never make another movie, due to the difficulties she faced making Dancer in the Dark (2000).
Was stalked by a man who suffered from severe mental problems. He attempted to kill her by mailing her a book that had been hollowed out and filled with an explosive device. The police intercepted it before she received it. The stalker committed suicide.
Has one son, Sindri Eldon Thorsson (in 1986), with her ex-husband Þór Eldon. His birthday marked the creation of their (with others) band the Sugarcubes.
Singer / songwriter.
Formula 1: BBC Sport
TV Series performer - 1 episode
TV Series performer - 1 episode
Madonna: Celebration - The Video Collection
Video writer: "Bedtime Story"
TV Series performer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live
TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1997 - 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007
Torvill & Dean's Dancing on Ice
TV Series performer - 1 episode
Documentary performer: "One Day Wood & Metal Version" / writer: "One Day Wood & Metal Version"
Video documentary performer: "All Is Full of Love" - as Bjork / writer: "All Is Full of Love" - as Bjork
Documentary "Oceania", "Pluto" / lyrics: "All is Full of Love", "Pluto" / performer: "All is Full of Love", "Oceania", "Pluto"
TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Work of Director Michel Gondry
Video performer: "Joga" / writer: "Joga"
The Work of Director Chris Cunningham
Video performer: "All Is Full Of Love"
The Work of Director Spike Jonze
Video documentary performer: "It's Oh So Quiet"
Queer as Folk
TV Series 1 episode
TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2002 music - 1 episode, 2002 performer - 1 episode, 2002
TV Series documentary performer: "It's Oh So Quiet"
TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards
TV Special performer: "I've Seen It All" / writer: "I've Seen It All"
Video documentary performer: "Hyper Ballad"
Dancer in the Dark
arranger: "CVALDA", "I'VE SEEN IT ALL", "SMITH & WESSON", "IN THE MUSICALS, PART 1", "IN THE MUSICALS, PART 2", "107 STEPS", "NEW WORLD OVERTURE" / performer: "CVALDA", "I'VE SEEN IT ALL", "SMITH & WESSON", "IN THE MUSICALS, PART 1", "IN THE MUSICALS, PART 2", "107 STEPS", "NEXT TO LAST SONG", "NEW WORLD OVERTURE", "MY FAVOURITE THINGS", "SO LONG, FAREWELL", "CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN" / producer: "OVERTURE", "CVALDA", "I'VE SEEN IT ALL", "SMITH & WESSON", "IN THE MUSICALS, PART 1", "IN THE MUSICALS,
Madonna: The Video Collection 93:99
Video writer: "Bedtime Story" - as Bjork
performer: "All Is Full of Love" / writer: "All Is Full of Love" - as Bjork Gudmundsdottir
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I am a grateful grapefruit!
Some people go to a psychiatrist. I write songs.
I'm not keen on the three-chord thing, The Strokes, or Oasis. It's like boy scout songs to me.
I don't like drinking with food, I think Iceland people are a bit old-school like that - we think if you drink with food then you're an alcoholic ... but if you drink lots, on a Friday night ... (2007)
Right now, I feel like I look exhausted, because I'm tired. I'm not vain, like: I want to look pretty. That's never bothered me. But if I see a photograph of me and I look tired, then I'd be more worried than if I looked ugly. (2007)
On being 41: I'm pretty comfortable with it when it comes to experience, maturity, er, wisdom; but I'd be lying if I said that it don't piss me off that I don't have the same energy I used to have when I was 20. (2007)
I like the creative angle. Where people express themself. But I don't like it when it's too much of people being told what to do, and too much like ... fascism, of magazines telling women to starve them-self, and they obey! Or they're like "out of fashion", which is the worst crime you could ever commit! So they get executed for it, publicly! It makes women very unhappy. (2007)
Being a musician is very easy. My house is full of musical instruments. There's a lot of music, always. But... I don't really go to premieres and hang out with Puff Daddy. (2007)
"Sometimes when I write lyrics there are images in them, usually on a quite simplistic level, like colors. But most often music comes first and then later I sit down with visual people and we chat about what we want to do. I don't look at myself as a visual artist. I make music." (2007)
About her album Volta: "I feel in a lot of ways Volta is Post 2. Very restless and sort of schizophrenic. Promiscuous in collaborations, but sincere. It's consistent in its restlessness." (2007)
"People think that I'm too eccentric, so it's never going to work. I've always loved pop and leftfield music. My record company thought that Debut wasn't going to sell. I said: I don't care. I really have to do this or I'll go insane. You've just got to do what you do. I came from a punk background, so there was no way that I was ever going to compromise with my music. I have this utopian view that the common person - like your gran, or the guy who works in the sandwich shop - actually wants an adventure, to hear something they've never heard before. I might seem leftfield, but I'm really not trying to be weird, you know." (Telegraph interview, 21/07/2005)
"After doing the research with all the vocals on Medúlla, I was very curious to take that further to a place that was not narrative. Then, when Matthew explained that the film happens on the ocean, I was curious to make vocal patterns that were sort of oceanic. My music is very much about structure, whereas Matthew is much more abstract. I have to have a map and a compass to see the . nal point before I start the journey, and then I can meet 10 lions or whatever." (Telegraph interview, 21/07/2005)
About Drawing Restraint 9 (2005): "Trying to even start to explain the film is kind of challenging, but with my little alcohol-pickled brain, it's really tough. I guess that's the point with the way Matthew sets it up, because there is no story. You just have to sit there and enjoy it, a bit like nature. The film has a narrative, but a really abstract one. It's not your average Hollywood movie, let's put it that way." (Telegraph interview, 21/07/2005)
"It seems to me that the politicians of the rich countries are almost like this VIP that are untouchable - and then the rest of the public of their own countries and of all the other countries of the world are like the "other" chunk that don't have a voice... so, I would like to say that I am part of that huge chunk, which actually is about... 95% of the world!" (Live 8 press conference, 7-4-2005)
"I look at the news, I see people starving, I am crying. I'm a total mess. You try to think how you're going to break through this cobweb of problems and bureaucracy and how on Earth anybody is going to make any change." (Live 8 press conference, 7-4-2005)
Singing is like a celebration of oxygen.
I always wanted to be a farmer. There is a tradition of that in my family. I'm a bit of a nerd, I wouldn't mind working in a shop like 12 Tónar selling records, or having a radio show where I could play obscure singles. I would also like to teach music. It's weird the way they teach music in schools like Juliard these days. I know someone who graduated at age 20 as a classical composer, playing music the way they did a hundred years ago or more. I would take kids out into nature, and teach them that they can be right, and not just the teacher. I would let them lead the way. To some degree, at least...
About the 2004 Olympics opening ceremony: "I am incredibly honoured to have been asked to write a song and sing it at the Olympics. The song is written from the point of view of the ocean that surrounds all the land and watches over the humans to see how they are doing after millions of years of evolution. It sees no borders, different races or religion which has always been at the core of these games."
The reason I do photographs is to help people understand my music, so it's very important that I am the same, emotionally, in the photographs as in the music. Most people's eyes are much better developed than their ears. If they see a certain emotion in the photograph, then they'll understand the music. (Index Magazine, July 2001)
Femenists bore me to death. I follow my instinct and if that supports young girls in any way, great. But I'd rather they saw it more as a lesson about following their own instincts rather than imitating somebody.
When I was growing up, I always had the feeling I was dropped from somewhere else. That's how I was treated at school in Iceland where the kids used to call me "china girl" and everybody thought I was unusual because I looked Chinese.
'Gling-Gló' was a bigger seller in Iceland than 'Debut' and all the Sugarcubes' albums put together! That tells you a lot about Iceland.
I want to work on my character. I think it's in there, a good person. I don't believe in just doing good things, I want to feed my demon as well. One should learn to live both the demon and the angel, you know? But I have a way to go. People excite me, they turn me on. A new person can trigger things in you that you didn't even know you had. If it's musical that's even better. The unknown turns me on.
All people have their own way of dealing with everyday problems. some go for walks, others get drunk and some get laid. I write songs.
I find it very difficult to draw a line between what's sex and what isn't. It can be very, very sexy to drive a car, and completely unsexy to flirt with someone at a bar.
People are always asking me about eskimos, but there are no eskimos in Iceland.
Sometimes doing the same thing for a really long time freaks me out, routine freaks me out. But then again, always doing new things can be lazy...it's tricky. I can be very sneaky with myself.
What probably confuses people is they know a lot about me, but it quite pleases me that there's more they don't know.
"The album's very much about being alone in your house, in a very quiet sort of introverted mood and you whisper, you sort of improvise. Which is between me and myself." (about her album 'Vespertine')
After winning best actress award at Cannes: "I knew when I said yes that this would be not only my first role but also my last one. I'm very happy that it's to be this one." Asked whether she might one day reconsider, she said: "I have to do records now. I only have 50 years left, and I've got a lot of records to make."