Bjork and Morricone win music gong
Published 17/05/2010 | 11:46
Bjork and Italian composer Ennio Morricone have won Sweden's 2010 Polar Music Prize.
They will be invited to accept the award, which includes one million kronor (£89,000) each in prize money, at a ceremony in Stockholm later this year.
Prize committee chairman Alfons Karabuda said 44-year-old Bjork personifies the border-breaking attributes sought by the committee, "bravely and without compromises".
The eccentric star rose to international fame with her solo album Debut in 1993.
She has since released five more albums as well as film soundtracks and compilations.
"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," the prize committee said in its citation.
Morricone has composed more than 400 film scores, including the iconic theme from The Good, The Bad And The Ugly and other spaghetti westerns directed by Sergio Leone.
The prize committee said his "congenial compositions and arrangements" help lift "existence to another plain, making the mundane feel like dramatic scenes in full Cinemascope."
"He built up a brand new kind of music that set the tone for half a century of film music, but also influenced and inspired a number of musicians in the spheres of pop, rock and classical music," the committee said in its quotation.
The Polar Music Prize is typically shared by a pop artist and a classical musician. Last year's award was shared by Peter Gabriel and Venezuelan composer Jose Antonio Abreu.