Gilberto Gil Receives Polar Music Prize

Brazilian pop star and Culture Minister Gilberto Gil received the Polar Music Prize from Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf at a ceremony last night (May 23) in Stockholm.

Brazilian pop star and Culture Minister Gilberto Gil received the Polar Music Prize from Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf at a ceremony last night (May 23) in Stockholm.

German romance singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, the other winner of the 2005 prize, was unable to attend the event.

The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, manager of Swedish pop group ABBA, through a donation to the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. Each prizewinner receives $137,000.

The academy cited Gilberto, 62, for his "unflinching creative engagement in bringing to the world the heart and soul of the rich music of Brazil," and called him a "unique composer powered by immense talent and curiosity."

Last year's prize was shared by B.B. King and Hungarian-born composer Gyoergy Ligeti.


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