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Watch: IGGY POP Receives Prestigious Swedish Award POLAR MUSIC PRIZE

On Tuesday (Might 24),legendary rocker Iggy Pop was introduced with the 2022 Polar Music Prize at a ceremony in Stockholm.

The Polar Music Prize was based in 1989 by Stig “Stikkan” Anderson, the supervisor and music writer of ABBA. A widely known lyricist, he additionally was the co-writer on lots of their early hits. The prize was first introduced in 1992.

In accepting his award, Iggy Pop commented: “Recognition is a tough mistress … Ada Osterberg, a Swedish émigré to the U.S., adopted my father James… [Ada] was a Crimson Cross nurse and raised my dad in the course of the nice melancholy… These have been nice folks, actual folks. I’m neither nice nor actual. At this level, I’m a fantasy. Fortunately, music is a type of fantasy. All magnificence derives from believing in fantasy. However occasionally, you gotta get actual — like balls. That is how I acquired right here. So when you concentrate on music, when you concentrate on this prize and should you bear in mind me, take into consideration the balls.”

In an announcement saying Iggy‘s award, the Polar Music Prize award committee stated: “Along with his era-defining group THE STOOGES, Iggy Pop created livid rock music by mixing collectively blues and free jazz influences with the roar of the Michigan automotive business. Along with his braveness, initiative and uncooked energy, Iggy Pop paved the best way for punk and post-punk. Teams just like the SEX PISTOLS, RAMONES, BLONDIE, SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES, JOY DIVISION and Nick Cave all adopted in his footsteps. As a solo artist, Iggy Pop has by no means slowed down, and has as an alternative pushed this artwork kind forwards for half a century. Iggy Pop is ‘the chairman of the bored’ who portrays alienation in poetic language. An entirely distinctive artist who personifies and embodies what rock music is about.”

Since his raucous proto-punk, peanut butter smearing days with THE STOOGES, few “road strolling cheetahs” have mastered the maniacal with as a lot grit, gusto and aptitude as Iggy Pop.

Pop‘s songs have been lined by the likes of GUNS N’ ROSES, R.E.M., RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and SEX PISTOLS, amongst others. His 1990 album “Brick By Brick” bought greater than 500,000 copies, and his 2003 LP “Cranium Ring” featured the likes of GREEN DAY, SUM 41 and PEACHES.

Though his solo data have been extra industrial than these of his Nineteen Sixties/1970 band THE STOOGES, he by no means broke by into the mainstream.

A reformed STOOGES recorded the album “The Weirdness” in 2007.

Earlier winners of the Polar Music Prize embrace METALLICA, Elton John, Sting, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, LED ZEPPELIN, PINK FLOYD, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Marvel, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, B.B. King, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Max Martin and Bruce Springsteen.

The Polar Music Prize honors two laureates yearly to “have fun music in all its numerous types” and “to interrupt down musical boundaries by bringing collectively folks from all of the totally different worlds of music.” It awards every laureate a million kronor (roughly $125,000) at a gala in Stockholm.

This 12 months’s ceremony occurred at The Grand Resort in Stockholm, Sweden.

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