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Heavy metal band Metallica wins 2018 Polar Music Prize

From Reuters - February 14, 2018

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - American heavy metal band Metallica was awarded Swedens Polar Music Prize on Wednesday, drawing a delighted response from the group which has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

Founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, publisher and manager of the Swedish band ABBA, the Polar Music Prize has become a coveted accolade in both classical and popular music.

Receiving the Polar Music Prize is an incredible thing, said Metallicas drummer and co-founder Lars Ulrich in a statement on the bands website.

It puts us in very distinguished company. Its a great validation of everything Metallica has done over the last 35 years. At the same time, we feel like were in our prime with a lot of good years ahead of us.

Previous winners of the Polar Music Prize include Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Simon, the Kronos Quartet, Patti Smith and Bjrk.

The prize committee lauded Metallica for their virtuoso ensemble playing and the reach of their music.

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