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Friday, September 02, 2011


The Polar Music Prize is regarded as Sweden's foremost musical honor. Founded by former ABBA manager Stig Anderson, the prize is awarded annually to one contemporary musician and one classical musician. In 2010, it was shared by Ennio Morricone and Bjork. You can watch the ceremony here, which basically consists of Swedish artists being given the quite daunting task of performing the greatest hits of both Morricone and Bjork whilst the prize recipients watch on. If you can spare the time, it's pretty special to see Ennio Morricone and Bjork's reactions as their music is played.

Check out Ane Brun's cover of the Bjork classic Joga from last years prize ceremony.

I have always loved the lilting sound of Scandinavians when they speak English. If you don't know what I mean, ask a Danish person to say the word, "little".

"You push meeeyupto this stay-tov emergency."

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