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Emmylou Harris and Evelyn Glennie named Polar Music Prize winners

By | Published on Wednesday 11 March 2015

Evelyn Glennie

Country musician Emmylou Harris and percussionist Evelyn Glennie have been announced as the winners of Sweden’s Polar Music Prize this year, because, well, I’m not sure either of them can ever have enough awards.

Announcing the winners, the award’s MD Marie Ledin said: “In Evelyn Glennie and Emmylou Harris, the [Stig Anderson Music Award] Foundation has chosen two exceptional Laureates for this year’s Polar Music Prize, as both represent the spirit of the award that my father envisaged when he founded the prize. We look forward to honouring Evelyn and Emmylou and paying tribute to their exceptional music careers”.

Glennie added: “I was hugely humbled and inspired when I learned that I was to be awarded with the prestigious Polar Music Prize. To be chosen from so many deserving people, from all genres of music, only makes me want to work harder, to make a difference and to rise to the occasion. Accepting the Polar Music Prize is a great honour, for which I am extremely grateful”.

While Harris said: “I was both surprised and honoured at the news of this most prestigious award, and am now looking forward to once again returning to your beautiful country where I was first so warmly welcomed those many years ago. Thank you Polar Music Prize!”

The two artists will receive their trophies and one million Swedish krona (just shy of £80,000) at a ceremony in Stockholm on 9 Jun.