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Paul Simon Wins Polar Music Prize

Paul Simon Wins Polar Music Prize

Paul Simon has nabbed the 2012 Polar Music Prize, awarded annually in Sweden to one contemporary and one classical artist by the Royal Swedish Academy. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will take home the latter prize.

The ceremony will be held in Stockholm, Sweden on August 28. Each prize winner will receive one million kronor (about $145,000) in addition to the honor.

Speaking on Simon, the Academy says he was honored for the quality of his music and the duration over which he has made it:

"For five decades, Paul Simon has built bridges not only over troubled waters but over entire oceans by (re)joining the world's continents with his music. Paul Simon has compiled a library of songs which will remain open to future generations."

The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, one-time manager of ABBA.

by RTT Staff Writer

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