Just in: Stockholm decides that Sting is classical
February 7, 2017 by norman lebrecht
When they get it wrong up north, they go right off the radar.
First the Nobel Prize for Literature is awarded to a songwriter, Bob Dylan.
Today, the Polar Music Prize was given to the British rock musician Sting and the American jazz musician Wayne Shorter.
The rules of the million-crown ($120,000) prize, founded by Abba’s Stig Anderson in 1989, is that one half goes to a contemporary musician the other to a classical personality. Last year’s winners were Max Martin and Cecilia Bartoli.
This year, Sting wins the classical slot. ‘As a composer, Sting has combined classic pop with virtuoso musicianship and an openness to all genres and sounds from around the world,’ said the prize committee.
Off the radar.
Sting, with a classical acquaintance
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