Often dubbed the “Nobel Prize For Music”, the Polar Music Prize is a Swedish international award that was founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, best known as the manager of the Swedish band ABBA.
The Polar Music prize is annually given to one contemporary musician and one classical musician.
Grandmaster Flash has now officially become the first DJ to ever win the Polar Music Prize.
Polar Music Prize
The Polar Music had previous winners which included Paul McCartney, BB King, Metallica, and Led Zeppelin.
Flash, whose real name is Joseph Saddler, accepted the prize from the King of Sweden, saying that the award was “in honour of every DJ, every rapper, every graffiti artist, and every breakdancer“.
The American hip hop recording artist and DJ is considered to be one of the pioneers of hip-hop DJing, cutting, scratching and mixing.
Grandmaster Flash added:
This thing that I did had not existed before, and I am one of many where I come from. It ended up being called hip-hop, taking the drum break from pop, rock, jazz, blues, funk, disco, R+B, and using duplicate copies of records. I would take one section and repeat it over and over again.”
The award comes with prize money that equates to round about $130,000.