Polar prize is ‘incredible’ for Metallica
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.”
James Hetfield said the Polar Prize would be a part of Metallica’s legacy.