Iggy Pop received the Polar Music Prize.
The ‘Lust for Life’ hitmaker and the Ensemble intercontemporain received the 2022 King Carl XVI Gustaf Award during a gala ceremony at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden, on Tuesday (24.05.22), while the author -composer Diane Warren also received the 2020 award after the ceremony was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each recipient of the prestigious honor receives a cash prize of one million Swedish crowns, the equivalent of more than $100,000.
Iggy said: “Gratitude is a difficult mistress… Ada Osterberg, a Swedish emigrant to the United States, adopted my father James…[Ada] I was a Red Cross nurse… and I raised my father during the Great Depression… They were great people. Real people.
“I am neither big nor real. At this point, I’m a myth. Fortunately, music is a form of myth. All beauty stems from belief in myth. But once in a while, you gotta get real… Like bullets. That’s how I got here. So when you think of music, when you think of that award, and if you remember me, think of proms.
Musical Director Matthias Pintscher and Managing Director Olivier Leymarie accepted the honor on behalf of the Ensemble Intercontemporain and admitted they felt “so honoured” to join Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Sir Paul McCartney , Bob Dylan and Metallica in being chosen for the award.
They said, “We would like to express our gratitude for being awarded the Polar Music Prize and the recognition of our work and mission that comes with it. It is rare for a collective like ours to receive an award of this highest prestige. it is very special for us. We feel so honoured.
“Receiving the Polar Music Prize, which has been awarded to some of music’s greatest icons, means joining a musical pantheon. It is with great joy that the Ensemble accepts this recognition, a recognition that is truly a reward, an honor that will encourage us to move forward and continue to inspire other musical partners and creators all over the world.
In her speech, Diane talked about how “lucky” she is with the opportunities her career has brought her.
She said: “I’ve always considered my songs a passport. They’ve taken me, a kid from Van Nuys, California, with the wild dream of becoming a songwriter, to many places I don’t. could only imagine going – to the voices of some of the greatest singers on the planet, to the hearts of people I’ll never know all over the world that my songs somehow touched and somehow became part of soundtracks of their lives, to the Oscars, to so many places I only dreamed of going. Tonight, in this country, at this prestigious award. I can’t believe my name is now among those great artists who have also received this honor…
“It’s what I still wake up every day and live to do. I don’t realize for a minute how lucky I am. That I can write a song to make someone feel good, feel seen, feel understood, feel less alone. How cool is that? Thank you for this award and for an amazing night that I will never forget.
Each year, the Polar Music Prize rewards two Laureates, one representing popular music and the other classical. The honor celebrated its 30th anniversary this year.