Sting, Wayne Shorter win
2017 Polar Music Prize
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[February 07, 2017]
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - British rock star Sting and American
jazz musician Wayne Shorter have been awarded Sweden's Polar
Music Prize, committee officials said on Tuesday.
The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by ABBA manager Stig
Anderson and the winners each receive 1 million Swedish crowns
"As a composer, Sting has combined classic pop with virtuoso
musicianship and an openness to all genres and sounds from
around the world," the committee said in a statement.
"Sting is a true citizen of the world, who has also been
indefatigable in using his position as an arena-filling artist
to promote human rights."
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The committee said saxophonist and composer Shorter had "constantly
sought out untravelled paths" in a career that included work in
groups such as Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis's Second
Great Quintet and Weather Report.
"As a solo artist he has been making albums for six decades, and he
has written a number of the most enduring compositions in the
history of jazz," the committee said.
(Reporting by Daniel Dickson, editing by Pritha Sarkar)
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