postcard from sweden; p stands for polar music prize


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P stands for Polar Music Prize – Let’s Talk About Music


When, in 1989, Stig Anderson donated MSEK 42 it was with the intention of endowing “the world’s biggest music prize” and that is exactly what he accomplished. The man behind and founder of “ABBA”.

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Stig “Stikkan”Anderson wrote more than 3000 music lyric during his life time, he was born in 1931 and he died in 1997. He was the man behind the lyric’s to “ABBA”‘s “Waterloo”.

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The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 ”Stikkan”, one of the true greats in the history of popular music. As the publisher, lyricist and manager of ABBA, he played a key role in their enormous success. Its name stems from Anderson´s legendary record label, Polar Music.

The Laureates are awarded 1 million sek (approximately US$156,000/£100,000).

Many international stars and musicians have come to Stockholm through the years to accept the Polar Music Prize from the hands of King Carl XVI Gustaf.polar music Prize - kungahuset se

This year the prize ceremony was held on 26th of August at Stockholm Concert Hall followed by dinner and party at Grand Hotel. Our Crown Princess Victoria was wearing a beautiful powder pink brocade dress from H&M’s “Conscious Collection”  with a price tag of 1999SEK/$289/£194/218€. (just some useful information that you can live without) *smile King+Carl+Gustaf+Swedish+Royals+Attend+Polar- zimbio com


1992 Paul McCartney, UK & The Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)
1993 Dizzy Gillespie, Poland & Witold Lutosławski, Russia
1994 Quincy Jones, USA & Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Ausria
1995 Elton John, UK & Mstislav Rostropovich, Russia
1996 Joni Mitchell, Canada & Pierre Boulez, France
1997 Bruce Springsteen, USA & Eric Ericson, Sweden
1998 Ray Charles, USA & Ravi Shankar, India
1999 Stevie Wonder, USA & Iannis Xenakis, France
2000 Bob Dylan & Isaac Stern, both USA
2001 Burt Bacharach, Robert Moog (both USA) & Karlheinz Stockhausen, Germany
2002 Miriam Makeba, South Africa & Sofia Gubaidulina, Russia
2003 Keith Jarrett, USA
2004 B.B. King< USA & György Ligeti, Austria
2005 Gilberto Gil, Brazil & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Germany
2006 Led Zeppelin, USA & Valery Gergiev, Russia
2007 Sonny Rollins & Steve Reich, both USA
2008 Pink Floyd, UK & Renée Fleming, USA
2009 Peter Gabriel, UK & José Antonio Abreu & El Sistema, Venezuela
2010 Björk, Iceland & Ennio Morricone, Italy
2011 Kronos Quartet & Patti Smith. Both USA
2012 Paul Simon & Yo-Yo Ma, both USA
2013 Youssou N’Dour, Senegal & Kaija Saariaho, Finland
2014 Chuck Berry & Peter Sellars, both USA

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The Polar Music Prize is one of the most prestigious and unique music prizes in the world, crossing over musical boundaries and awarded to individuals, groups and institutions in recognition of exceptional achievements.

Please give 3 minutes of your time to watch this little short video about “Stikkan”.

Thanks to “Stikkan” does great music get awarded in honorable way. “Stikkan” hoped and dreamed that Polar Music Prize one day should be the equivalent to the Nobel Prize for music and I think his dream has come true.

“We need more justice.
Music is about balance, precision, understanding,
and beautifully judged gesture.
We need more equality.
Justice comes into the world when a courageous,
beautiful human being raises their voice and sings power,
beauty, grace, and joy.”
Peter Sellars

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17 thoughts on “postcard from sweden; p stands for polar music prize

    • Frank, my pleasure … we have a lot to be proud over as Swedes *smile I wish you a pleasant weekend.
      I have come down with torticollis and that’s is truly painful – 3rd day now.

      • Ouch … good news is at least it’s not your sorry ass … then again, does it pair up well with sorry ass?

      • Frank, my sorry ass … is not even close to the pain I have been in for nearly a week now and still there. Horrific pain in neck and shoulder. My sorry ass has been very well behaved for some time now. I think it’s because I haven’t been siting down so much lately. I did feel anything during holiday, yesterday evening was the first time for a very long time. Thanks for asking.

  1. Loved the video, Vivi! Such lovely illustrations 🙂 Some of my favourite musicians of all time on that list.
    Have a happy weekend. Hope you’re not still suffering aftermath of your travels. I’m off to Lisa’s soon. Happy hugs! 🙂

    • Hi there, I love the video … too, just as you said .. lovely illustrations. I’m suffering from torticollis – so it’s very painful to write or do anyting – had it for 3 days now … Not feeling the best, I will be back! Have a wonderful weekend.
      Very careful hugs … *smile

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