The prestigious Polar Music Prize this year to Metallica and The Afghanistan National Institute of Music. That made the organisation of the Swedish music prize Wednesday known.
“Both have their work made a difference in the lives of people,” writes the organization. “Metallica is loved and admired by millions of hardrockfans all over the world. They are leading and their world tour in 2017 broke all records.”
Ahmad Sarmast founded in 2010, in Kabul, The Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) on, in response to the years of civil war in the country. “With the ANIM, he knows the joy and power of music to bring back the life of children. The way in which the foundation with young people and disadvantaged children, is truly inspiring.”
The awards are each year presented to artists who have a special contribution to the music. Since 1992, they have won, among others, artists such as Paul McCartney, Sting, Quincy Jones, Joni Mitchell, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and Ray Charles.
The presentation will take place on 14 June at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm. The gala is traditionally attended by members of the Swedish royal family. This year is, in any case, king Carl Gustaf.