Rock overlords Metallica will be one of the recipients of this year’s Polar Music Prize. The announcement came earlier this week from the Polar Music award committee at Stockholm City Hall. It’s considered the nobel prize of music.
Frontman James Hetfield said,
‘I feel very honored to be in such great company with the others who have accepted the Polar Music Prize. As myself and as Metallica, I’m grateful to have this as part of our legacy, our history. Thank you.’
‘It means a lot to me because we’ve been added to a list of very distinguished artists and musicians who I respect. And to be acknowledged for the work we’ve done. I know how important this is and how much of an honor it is.’
‘Receiving the Polar Music Prize is an incredible thing. It puts us in very distinguished company. It’s a great validation of everything that Metallica has done over the last 35 years. At the same time, we feel like we’re in our prime with a lot of good years ahead of us. Thank you very much.’
Bassist Robert Trujillo concluded,
‘Receiving the Polar Music Prize is such an honor, especially sharing it with such stars as Joni Mitchell, Keith Jarrett and Wayne Shorter, who I admire dearly… Hopefully this will inspire younger generations of musicians to keep the music alive.’
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