Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Metallica "Humbled" To Receive Prestigious Lifetime Award


American heavy metal band Metallica won the prestigious worldwide award Polar Music Prize called the "Nobel prize for music".

Previous winners of the Polar Music Prize include Sting, Elton John, Ray Charles, Paul McCartney, Ravi Shankar, Ennio Morricone, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Renée Fleming, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Isaac Stern, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Gilberto Gil, B.B. King, Emmylou Harris, Yo-Yo Ma, Patti Smith, Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, Dizzy Gillespie, Youssou N'Dour, Chuck Berry and Bruce Springsteen.

The band are going to donate their winnings, one million Swedish kronor (or $126,000), to the All Within My Hands organization; named after their "St. Anger" song of the same name, the foundation aims to support local and global communities on an educational, environmental and nutritional level.

Metallica will get the cash prize of 1 million Swedish kroner (a little over $157,000 CAD) to do with as they please.

Presented by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, each Polar Music Prize victor receives one million Swedish kronor (approximately £90,000).

Metallica is one of the most influential bands in heavy metal, helping bring the angry and aggressive music to the mainstream and preserving an avid fan base for decades.

"It's a great validation of everything that Metallica has done over the last 35 years", said drummer Ulrich in a statement. As stated by the organizers of the Polar Music Prize, the world's Metallica and teenage bedroom, and the concert hall can turn into Valhalla.

Vocalist Hetfield said he and the rest of the band are grateful to receive the award.

Metallica was formed in 1981 in California.

The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by Stig "Stikkan" Anderson, the manager and music publisher of ABBA. Nominees are selected by a prize committee made up of musicians and important individuals in the music industry.

This year's classical Polar Music Prize went to The Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) and its director Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, who founded the institute in 2010 in Kabul, in response to the civil war's destruction of Afghanistan's centuries old and rich musical tradition.

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