Rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry and American opera director Peter Sellars are the winners of the Polar Music Prize.
Every year the prize committee bestows the honor upon two musicians, traditionally it has been one classical musician and one rock musician. By singling out people from these two seemingly disparate genres it elevates the rock form and proves that as the committee said, "classical music is not about dusty sheet music and metronomic precision, but that classical music, with its violent power and complexity, has fundamentally always been and will continue to be a way of reflecting and depicting the world."
As for Berry, the man practically invented rock 'n' roll. At the age of 87, he's been rocking for more than 60 years.
"Every riff and solo played by rock guitarists over the last 60 years contains DNA that can be traced right back to Chuck Berry," said the committee.
The award was founded by late ABBA manager Stig Anderson and on Aug. 26, Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustafhe will award the laureates 1 million kronor ($154,000) at a ceremony in Stockholm.
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