Sting has been named a 2017 Polar Music Prize Laureate alongside saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter. Both will receive their award on June 15th at a gala ceremony in Stockholm, with His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden doing the honors.
“I still maintain a childlike curiosity about music, along with a sense that I constantly need to work at it,” Sting says. “So to be recognized in this way is truly meaningful. I am looking forward to coming to Sweden in June for this special evening.”
The Polar Music Prize, founded in 1989 by ABBA manager Stig "Stikkan" Anderson, is often called the “Nobel Prize of Music” in Sweden. Previous winners include Elton John, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Stevie, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and more.