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Bjork and Morricone Win Polar Music Prize
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By: Spacelab Research Staff
August 31, 2010
Bjork and Italian film composer Ennio Morricone have won the 2010 Polar Music Prize.

They each received 1 million kronor (135,000 dollars) at a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall on August 30. The award was presented by Swedish King Carl Gustaf.

The Polar Music Prize recognizes "exceptional achievements in the creation and advancement of music."

"With her deeply personal music and lyrics, her precise arrangements and her unique voice, Bjork has already made an indelible mark on pop music and modern culture at large, despite her relative youth," said Polar music Prize organizers.

Bjork is best known for her free-form, avant-garde take on electronic music, which has allowed her to create many albums worth of music and a dedicated fan base.

Ennio Morricone is an Italian composer who has created film scores for over 450 films, including works with Roman Polanski, Bernardo Bertolucci,

Pink Floyd, B.B. King, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Ravi Shankar are all previous Polar Music Prize winners. The prize was created by ABBA's Stig Anderson 19 years ago.

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