Björk Guðmundsdóttir received the Polar Music Prize at a ceremony in Stockholm.
Presented to her by King Carl Gustaf, the award comes with a cash prize of one million Swedish crowns (about 135,000 USD), and is presented at the Stockholm Concert Hall, which is also where the Nobel Prize ceremony is held. Björk shared the honor with Italian soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone.
Björk was honored for “her ability to take avant-garde to the top of the charts” and for the fact that she has “embraced technological advances, combining computers with ancient sounds.”
Björk’s father, Guðmundur Gunnarsson, read the jury’s remarks before reminiscing on how his daughter’s musical talent began from a very early age, through singing.
The official ceremony can be watched online. It starts 19:30, tonight, and can be seen here.
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