Contributing artists at the Polar Music Prize 2018

On Thursday 14 June, this year’s Laureates of the Polar Music Prize are being celebrated in a ceremony at Grand Hôtel in Stockholm, where HM King Carl XVI Gustaf will present the prize to Metallica and Dr Ahmad Sarmast, founder of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM). Attending from Metallica are Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo.

Along with Deep Purple members Ian Paice and Roger Glover, Afghan singer and television personality Aryana Sayeed will read the citations for Metallica and Dr Sarmast.

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Live music of Swedish and international artists will be played in the Vinterträdgården hall at Grand Hôtel. For the first time ever, both winners will be honoured by one artist, as Loreen pays tribute to Metallica and ANIM, the latter with a popular Afghan song in Pashto.

Afghan singer Aryana Sayeed will also pay tribute to ANIM, and Norway’s Tuva Syvertsen will sing and play the Hardanger fiddle in honour of Metallica.

Other performers include Loney Dear and some very unique collaborations, Moneybrother with a special band, Ghost and Candlemass performing together for the first time, as well as Dennis Lyxzén and Mikkey Dee with a specially composed number.

The house band is led by Svante Henryson, and host for the awards ceremony is mezzo soprano, music journalist and presenter Boel Adler.

TV4 will broadcast live from the banquet from 20:00–22:00, hosted by Tilde de Paula Eby and Jesper Börjesson. The awards ceremony in its entirety will be broadcast on TV4 Play from 18:00–19:00.

Photo: Aryana Sayeed at a peace concert in Kabul, Afghanistan 

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