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”.
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”.
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.
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
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
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.”
Information I have collected from wikipedia.org and polarmusicprize.org – thank you much!!
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