Po­lar prize is ‘in­cred­i­ble’ for Me­tal­lica

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

Rock band Me­tal­lica and the Afghanistan Na­tional In­sti­tute of Mu­sic (ANIM) and its founder Dr Ah­mad Sar­mast have been an­nounced as the re­cip­i­ents of the pres­ti­gious Po­lar Mu­sic Prize.

Pre­vi­ous win­ners of the prize, now in its 27th year, in­clude St­ing, Patti Smith, Paul Si­mon, Chuck Berry and Bjork.

The 2018 lau­re­ates will be an­nounced at a gala cer­e­mony and ban­quet in Stockholm on June 14.

Each year the prize hon­ours two lau­re­ates, one from the con­tem­po­rary world and one from the clas­si­cal and is awarded for sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments in mu­sic.

It is handed out in the pres­ence of the Swedish Royal Fam­ily and each lau­re­ate also re­ceives 1 mil­lion Swedish Kro­nor prize money (£88,000).

Lars Ul­rich, drum­mer and co-founder of Me­tal­lica, said: “Re­ceiv­ing the Po­lar Mu­sic Prize is an in­cred­i­ble thing, it puts us in very dis­tin­guished com­pany.”

The band’s singer and co-founder James Het­field added: “As my­self and as Me­tal­lica I’m grate­ful to have this as part of our legacy, our his­tory. Thank you.”

Pic­ture: PA.

James Het­field said the Po­lar Prize would be a part of Me­tal­lica’s legacy.

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