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Björk Accepts Polar Music Prize

Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk accepted the respected Polar Music Prize from King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf in Stockholm yesterday. In Sweden the award is known as the “Nobel Prize for Music”.

Björk. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

According to Morgunbladid, Björk said it was a great honor for her to accept the award. At the ceremony Swedish musicians played Björk’s songs.

The award comes with a prize of SEK 1 million (ISK 16 million), visir.is reports.

The jury’s argumentation for choosing Björk as a recipient of the award can be read on the Polar Music Prize’s website:

“The Polar Music Prize 2010 is being awarded to Icelandic artist Björk. With her deeply personal music and lyrics, her precise arrangements and her unique voice, Björk has already made an indelible mark on pop music and modern culture at large, despite her relative youth. No other artist moves so freely between avant-garde and pop. With her albums and videos, Björk has taken avant-garde to the top of the charts. She has also always embraced technological advances, combining computers with ancient sounds. Björk has introduced an arctic temperament to popular music and shown how passionate and explosive it can be. Björk is an untameable force of nature, an artist who marches to nobody’s tune but her own.”

Along with Björk, Italian composer Ennio Morricone is this year’s recipient. The award was established by Abba producer Stikkan Anderson in 1989 and former recipients include Paul McCartney, Elton John and BB King.

Click here to read more about Björk being chosen to receive this year’s award and here to read about the King of Sweden’s recent visit to Iceland. Click here to read other recent news of Björk.

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