February 7, 2017 / 8:07 AM / 10 months ago

Sting, Wayne Shorter win 2017 Polar Music Prize

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - British rock star Sting and American jazz musician Wayne Shorter have been awarded Sweden’s Polar Music Prize, committee officials said on Tuesday.

Sting performs a medley of songs at the 2016 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 20, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by ABBA manager Stig Anderson and the winners each receive 1 million Swedish crowns ($113,000).

“As a composer, Sting has combined classic pop with virtuoso musicianship and an openness to all genres and sounds from around the world,” the committee said in a statement.

“Sting is a true citizen of the world, who has also been indefatigable in using his position as an arena-filling artist to promote human rights.”

The committee said saxophonist and composer Shorter had “constantly sought out untravelled paths” in a career that included work in groups such as Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis’s Second Great Quintet and Weather Report.

“As a solo artist he has been making albums for six decades, and he has written a number of the most enduring compositions in the history of jazz,” the committee said.

Reporting by Daniel Dickson, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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