STOCKHOLM, Sweden (CelebrityAccess) — Rocker Sting and jazz legend Wayne Shorter have been named as the laureates of the 2017 Polar Music Prize.
Sting, formerly the frontman of the seminal new wave band The Police, went on to a remarkable solo career, scoring hits with albums such as "The Soul Cages," "Ten Summoners Tales," and "…Nothing Like the Sun."
Saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter has been at the forefront of jazz for decades, performing with luminaries such as Miles Davis as well as an extensive solo career, recording albums such as "Night Dreamer" and "JuJu."
Founded in 1989 by the late Stig ”Stikkan” Anderson, The Polar Music Prize annually selects individuals, groups or institutions who had lasting impact and attained world recognition of excellence in the world of music. The prestigious prize includes a cash reward of one million Swedish krona (about $113,000).
Previous winners include Yo-Yo Ma, B.B. King, Yossou N’Dour, Sir Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Dizzy Gillespie and Ennio Morricone. – Staff Writers