Icelandic singer Björk looked looked like a violet Ruffleupagus at a press conference for the Polar Music Prize 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden, on August 30, 2010. Björk will be receiving this year’s award along with film score maestro Ennio Morricone. (You know, the guy who did the music for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly as well as 46% of all movies made in the last 30 years.)
Is it just me or does Björk look like an empty piñata in some of these pictures?
The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by ABBA manager Stig Anderson. In addition to the honor attached the award, which is given out annually to one pop and one classical musician, the recipients each receive 1 million kronor ($136,000). I’m not sure what that means for Björk, whose country no longer has an economy.
From the Polar Music Prize website:
The Polar Music Prize is one of the most prestigious and unique music prizes in the world, crossing over musical boundaries and awarded to individuals, groups and institutions in recognition of exceptional achievements.
More from PolarMusicPrize.org:
“The Polar Music Prize 2010 is being awarded to Icelandic artist Björk. With her deeply personal music and lyrics, her precise arrangements and her unique voice, Björk has already made an indelible mark on pop music and modern culture at large, despite her relative youth. No other artist moves so freely between avant-garde and pop. With her albums and videos, Björk has taken avant-garde to the top of the charts. She has also always embraced technological advances, combining computers with ancient sounds. Björk has introduced an arctic temperament to popular music and shown how passionate and explosive it can be. Björk is an untameable force of nature, an artist who marches to nobody’s tune but her own.”
I’ll slip in a photo of the awesome Ennio Morricone for good measure:
“The Polar Music Prize 2010 is being awarded to Italian composer, arranger and conductor Ennio Morricone. Ennio Morricone’s congenial compositions and arrangements lift our existence to another plane, making the mundane feel like dramatic scenes in full Cinemascope. When, in 1964, Ennio Morricone scored the soundtrack for the Western “A Fistful of Dollars” (“Per un pugno di dollari”), budgetary constraints prevented him from using a full orchestra. Instead, he built up a brand new kind of music that set the tone for half a century of film music, but also influenced and inspired a number of musicians in the spheres of pop, rock and classical music.”
Photos: Toni Sica/Stella Pictures/ABACAPRESS.COM via Newscom