Metallica to receive a “Nobel Prize for music”

Okay, not a real Nobel Prize, but it’s the closest a metal band will come to getting one.

The Polar Music Prize, a Scandinavian honour established in 1989 for the purposes of “significant achievements in music” regardless of genre, has gone to people like Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, and Bjork over the years. For 2018, the recipient will be Metallica, a band that’s one-quarter Swedish.

Metallica will get the cash prize of 1 million Swedish kroner (a little over $157,000 CAD) to do with as they please. The ceremony will take place on June 14. (Thanks to Tom for the link.)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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