Sweden’s Polar Prize is considered the “Nobel Prize for Music” and Grandmaster Flash became the first DJ and rapper to win the coveted prize.
The award was well received by Joseph Saddler from the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, and was seemingly overwhelmed. He was one among the three laureates who won the 2019 award – the other two being Anne-Sophie Mutter from Germany and the music charity, The Playing For Change Foundation.
The prize money awards $130,000 or a million Swedish Kronor, to the winner. He also was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2007 as the first hip-hop act to be honored.
“I come from a very small place called The Bronx. This thing that I had not existed before, and I am one of many where I come from. It ended up being called hip-hop, taking the drum break from pop, rock, jazz, blues, funk, disco, R+B, and using duplicate copies of records. I would take one section and repeat it over and over again. This self-made music bed served for the break-dancers, and later, for the MCs”, said Flash at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm.
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