Oprah Winfrey Hosts The Nobel Peace Prize Concert
The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Concert was hosted by Oprah and Tom Cruise.
There were musical performances by Cyndi Lauper, Andrea Bocelli, Joss Stone, Chris Botti, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett and others. The concert was broadcast in the United States on December 23, 2004, by E!.
Each year on the date of death of Alfred Nobel, December 10th, the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony takes place in The City Hall of Oslo, Norway. The Nobel Peace Prize Concert is held the day after the award ceremony, in the Oslo Spektrum Arena, with the winner and prominent guests attending. The arena takes approximately 6.500-7.000 guests and the concert is broadcast to over 100 countries.
The use of Tom Cruise as a host created some controversy both from people fearing it could be used to promote Scientology and from people who were unhappy with his supportive statements on the Iraq war. There was however no mention of Scientology during the concert and Cruise has stated his remarks on the war were misquoted. The Grand Finale was by Patti Labelle where she had the audience dancing to the music. She also pulled members of the audience onto the stage having them dancing around.