Just in: Stockholm decides that Sting is classicalmain
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