Entertainment Metallica to Receive Polar Music Prize

22:13  14 february  2018
22:13  14 february  2018 Source:   Variety

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" Receiving the Polar Music Prize is an incredible thing. It puts us in very distinguished company," commented Lars Ulrich. "It's a great validation of everything that Metallica has done over the last 35 years.

Metallica will be awarded the 2018 Polar Music Prize . The Grammy-Award winning rockers will receive the prestigious award, classed as the Nobel Prize for music , alongside the ANIM (Afghanistan National Institute Of Music ) and its founder Dr Ahmad Sarmast at a ceremony in

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Legendary heavy metal band Metallica has been named as laureate of the prestigious Polar Music Prize for 2018. The Swedish international award, which recognizes both contemporary and classical musicians each year, will also be awarded to the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and its founder and director, Ahmad Sarmast. Each laureate receives prize money of 1 million Swedish Kronor ($124,500).

“Not since Wagner’s emotional turmoil and Tchaikovsky’s cannons has anyone created music that is so physical and furious, and yet still so accessible,” the Polar Music Prize website said of Metallica. “Through virtuoso ensemble playing and its use of extremely accelerated tempos, Metallica has taken rock music to places it had never been before. The strength of the band’s uncompromising albums has helped millions of listeners to transform their sense of alienation into a superpower.”

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Metallica will make history when they receive the Polar Prize in Sweden, a prestigious award dubbed the “Nobel Prize of Music ”. The Los Angeles-based heavy metal band will be the first artists of their genre to receive the honour.

Robert Trujillo, bass player with Metallica , said: “ Receiving the Polar Music Prize is such an honour, especially sharing it with artists (previous Laureates) such as Joni Mitchell, Keith Jarrett and Wayne Shorter, who I admire dearly.

“Receiving the Polar Music Prize is an incredible thing. It puts us in very distinguished company” said Metallica co-founder and drummer Lars Ulrich. “It’s a great validation of everything that Metallica has done over the last 35 years. At the same time, we feel like we’re in our prime with a lot of good years ahead of us.”

The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson to celebrate the power and importance of music, with Paul McCartney and the Baltic States named as the first awardees. The 2017 recipients were Sting and Wayne Shorter, while other recipients have included Emmylou Harris, B.B. King, Bjork, Paul Simon, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan.

James Hetfield, singer, guitarist and co-founder of Metallica, said: “I feel very honored to be in such great company with the others who have accepted the Polar Music Prize. As myself and as Metallica I’m grateful to have this as part of our legacy, our history.”

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It has been announced that Metallica will receive Sweden’s Polar Music Prize on June 14th. The international award was founded in 1989 and rewards musicians annually for: “significant achievements in music and/or musical activity

According to Sweden’s The Local, Metallica will receive Sweden’s Polar Music Prize this year, often called Music ’s Nobel Prize . They will each receive one million Swedish kronor (5,000) at a televised gala in Stockholm on June 14th in the presence of King Carl XVI Gustaf.

Polar Music said the classical laureate, awarded to Sarmast and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, was given “in recognition of how this inspirational organization has used the power of music to transform young people’s lives,” going on to say it was “committed to preserving Afghanistan’s rich musical heritage and to providing a safe learning environment to hundreds of boys and girls.”

The awards will be presented June 14 at a gala ceremony in Stockholm.

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