Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk, along with Italian composer and conductor Ennio Morricone, has been awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music as a recipient of the Polar Music Prize, which will be presented to them by King Carl XVI Gustaf on August 30.
Björk. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
According to an announcement from the academy, posted on icelandicmusic.is, Björk was chosen as this year’s recipient because:
“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.”
The Polar Music Prize was established in 1989 with funds donated by ABBA manager Stig Anderson and founder of the record label Polar Music. The prize is SEK 1 million (ISK 16 million, USD 126,000, EUR 102,000).
Click here to watch the official video announcement and here to read other recent news of Björk.