Brazilian musician Gilberto Gil and German baritone/conductor Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau were honored in Stockholm yesterday (May 23) with the 14th annual Polar Music Prize.

Brazilian musician Gilberto Gil and German baritone/conductor Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau were honored in Stockholm yesterday (May 23) with the 14th annual Polar Music Prize.

Gil and Fischer-Dieskau were each awarded one million Swedish kronor ($137,193) from a donation made by the late Stig Anderson, ABBA's publisher, manager and co-lyricist.

The prize was presented by His Majesty King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden in a nationally televised ceremony from the Stockholm Concert Hall, following citations from reggae singer/actor Jimmy Cliff and Swedish baritone Hakan Hagegard. Fischer-Dieskau missed the presentation due to ill health.

The award ceremony capped a week-long program of events in the Swedish capital, which included concerts, tributes and forums. Performers at the ceremony included Lisa Nilsson, Simone Moreno, Os Lourinhos and Gil.

Among the previous winners of the award are Paul McCartney, Dizzy Gillespie, Witold Lutoslawski, Quincy Jones, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Elton John and Joni Mitchell.