Opera singer Cecilia Bartoli will also receive the Swedish honor.
Songwriter Max Martin and opera singer Cecilia Bartoli have been named the Laureates for the 2016 Polar Music Prize, to be presented by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden on June 16. The announcement will be made at 9am Central Europe time by Alfons Karabuda, chairman of the prize committee.
Martin, born Martin Sandberg in Stockholm, won the Grammy for producer of the year, non-classical, in 2015 and has six nominations this year. He is the most successful pop songwriter of the last 20 years. He has written 21 No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100, more than any other writer in history except for Paul McCartney (32) and John Lennon (26). Martin has produced 19 Hot 100 No. 1s, more than any other producer except for another Martin: Beatles producer George Martin, with 23. Max Martin's run began with Britney Spears' "…Baby One More Time: in 1999. He has also written No. 1s for *NSYNC, Katy Perry, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd. Many of those artists -- including Spears, Justin Timberlake, Pink and Adam Levine, along with Howie Dorough and Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys, appear in a video congratulating Martin on his Polar Music Prize honor.