Iggy Pop, who was born James Newell Osterberg, the legendary punk godfather and Ensemble intercontemporain the world’s most renowned contemporary music ensemble, have been today announced as winners from 2022’s Polar Music Prize, in the 30th year anniversary of the prize. The ceremony for the awards will take place on the 24th of May, at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm on The Grand Hotel, and will be live broadcast throughout Sweden via TV4 starting at 8.30pm (CET). It is available to watch across Europe through TV4 Play beginning at 5.30pm (CET).
The Polar Music Prize, renowned as the highest honor bestowed to musicians is set to return in 2022, its 30th anniversary. The first recipient was Paul McCartney in 1992. The Prize recognizes all genres of music. Each year, it awards two Laureates, one of which is from popular music , and the other from the classical music field. Both winners will receive prizes worth one million Swedish Kroner (approx. PS83,060/US $110,602).
Marie Ledin, managing director of the Polar Music Prize, said: “We are delighted to return in 2022 after a break of two years due to the pandemic with two extremely prestigious laureates. Iggy Pop is a unique artist There isn’t anyone other artist quite like his. Ensemble Intercontemporain are an innovative group, that has been able to to push the boundaries of contemporary classical music. We’re delighted to unite to honor and celebrate the work of both Honorary Laureates.”
In accepting with the Polar Music Prize, Iggy Pop commented: “I was aware of the wide variety of people who had received an award from the Polar Music Prize… therefore it’s a wonderful move for me. I’m grateful and humbled by the award… The prize is very much anticipating my visit in Stockholm next month to be presented with the Prize.”
Matthias Pintscher, musical director of the Ensemble intercontemporain said: “I’m beyond excited to be coming to Stockholm in May to receive the Polar Music Prize in honour of the Ensemble intercontemporain.”
Iggy Pop, the pioneer of punk as well as one of the most influential artists continues to invent as well as enthrall and inspire over the course of five decades. He has been the driving force that has produced some of the most memorable concert performances of the rock and roll history, and has a record collection of unparalleled class in both his solo artist as well as as the frontman in the band The Stooges. His unique voice, charisma and wit have helped spark fires that lit trails throughout the world of grunge, punk and the countless generations of music from alternative genres.