Patti Smith Wins Sweden's Polar Music Prize
Thu, 01 Sep 2011 11:43:05
Patti Smith has won Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize. It's the Scandinavian country's highest musical honor.
Smith was celebrated alongside American string group The Kronos Quartet at a glitzy gala in Stockholm on Tuesday. Each was presented with a check for one million kronar ($159,000) by King Carl XVI Gustaf.
Smith admitted she was "humbled and inspired" to receive the award and that she used the opportunity to turn the spotlight on famine-stricken East Africa, asking the audience to "turn their hearts, minds and resources" to the disaster.
The Polar Music Prize is awarded to musicians who have achieved outstanding achievements in the industry.
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