Iggy Pop wins this year’s prestigious Polar Music Prize, also known as the ‘Nobel Prize for Music’. The French orchestra Ensemble Intercontemporain will also be honored at the award ceremony in May, the organization of the Swedish music prize has announced.
The prizes are awarded every year to artists or groups who have made a special contribution to music. In addition to a statuette, the winners in the popular music and classical music categories will also receive a cash prize of 1 million Swedish krona (approximately 96,000 euros).
The 74-year-old Iggy Pop, also known as the ‘Godfather of Punk’, says he is honored. “I am aware that the Polar Music Prize has gone to a very nice group of people before, so this is very nice,” said the American singer, who scored solo hits with songs such as Lust For Life and Candy , but is also known. as the frontman of The Stooges. He also worked with David Bowie. “I’m looking forward to receiving the award in Stockholm in May.”
Well-known former winners include big names such as Paul McCartney, Sting, Quincy Jones, Joni Mitchell, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Metallica and Ray Charles. The award was initiated in 1989 by Stig Anderson, the former manager of ABBA.