Prime Minister David Cameron has joined US president Barack Obama in congratulating Dame Evelyn Glennie on her Polar Music Prize accolade.
Glennie, the world's first full-time classical percussionist and 13-time Grammy award winner Emmylou Harris were honoured at this year's ceremony.
Both were presented their awards by His Majesty King Carl XVI of Sweden at Stockholm's Concert Hall.
Mr Cameron said: "On behalf of the country I send my warmest congratulations to Dame Evelyn on this well-deserved award."
"She is a truly inspirational musician and a unique British talent. Having seen her perform at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, I know the sheer magic she creates and how she captivates audiences around the world."
"Well done Dame Evelyn - you have done Britain proud."
Talking about the Polar prize, which is the equivalent for music of the Nobel Prizes, Glennie said: " I never imagined I'd receive an award as important and symbolic as the Polar Music Prize."
"It's an institution that brings together people of all kinds, whatever their culture, age or beliefs, in a celebration of music's power and diversity."
A congratulatory message from US President Barack Obama was read out at the ceremony.
Obama said: " With ingenuity and vision, artists create pieces that carry forward the belief that no matter where we are from or what language we speak, we can open our minds to similar ideas - reminding us that one note can touch us all".
Previous winners of the accolade include Bruce Springsteen, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Ravi Shankar and a host more.