Paul Simon wins Sweden's Polar Music Prize

The prestigious award has previously been given to Bjork, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Elton John

Paul Simon wins Sweden's Polar Music Prize

Photo: PA

Paul Simon has scooped this year's Polar Music Prize.

The award is given yearly to both a pop and classical artist. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has won the classical portion of the prize. Both artists will be given their prizes of one million kronor (£91,000) at the ceremony in Stockholm on August 28, reports BBC News.

Patti Smith and Kronos Quartet won the prize last year, and other previous Polar Prize winners include Elton John, Paul McCartney, Bjork and Bob Dylan. The award was founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, former manager of ABBA.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Music said the Graceland artist won this year because of his "consummate skill, innovative arrangements and provocative lyrics. Nobody else is more deserving of the epithet of 'world-class songwriter'".

They added: "For five decades, Paul Simon has built bridges not only over troubled waters but over entire oceans by (re)joining the world's continents with his music. Paul Simon has compiled a library of songs which will remain open to future generations."

Paul Simon will play 'Graceland' in its entirety at this year's Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park on July 15. To check the availability of Hard Rock Calling tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

Read More On This Artist

More News
Sonic Youth to reissue 'Bad Moon Rising'
Kanye West announces new album title, unveils artwork
Drake matches The Beatles' record of having 14 Billboard Hot 100 songs simultaneously
Iggy Azalea says she quit Twitter as it made her 'want to punch everyone in the face'
Tobias Jesso Jr performs 'How Could You Babe' on 'The Tonight Show' - watch
Frank Turner announces details of solo tour in support of 'The Road Beneath My Feet'
House DJ Lil Louis confirms he is deaf in one ear following Manchester CO2 cannon incident
Dave Grohl stops Foo Fighters gig to give drum stick to blind fan - watch
The Cribs, Peace and Everything Everything lead latest Liverpool Sound City additions
Noel Gallagher on Alt-J: 'One of them's got a moustache, and that's...
Chvrches troll manager with fake 'new material' - watch
ITV deny reports Kanye West 'refused to speak' to Jonathan Ross
Second tree planted in honour of George Harrison after beetles eat original
Action Bronson releases 'Actin Crazy' video – watch
Cold War Kids unveil new video for 'Hot Coals' – watch
Kid Rock is 'flabbergasted' by Beyoncé's popularity
Court rules that Courtney Love is not as famous as Marlon Brando
Skrillex and Diplo's 24-hour DJ set shut down by police
Damon Albarn reveals a new Blur song was inspired by 2014 Sydney hostage siege
Fearne Cotton announces decision to leave BBC Radio 1
Chris Evans to host 20th anniversary episode of 'TFI Friday'
Brandon Flowers: 'I couldn't make a record like Julian Casablancas. I'm too much...

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM