British rock group Pink Floyd was today named winner of the 2008 Polar Music Prize.
The prize is Sweden’s biggest music award. It was founded by Stig Anderson, manager of Swedish pop group Abba, in 1989.
The committee said Pink Floyd, founded in the 1960s, had made a “monumental contribution” in the development of popular culture.
“They captured the mood and spirit of a whole generation in their reflections and attitudes,” it said.
The band, along with fellow winner US soprano Renee Fleming, will receive a cash prize of €106,000 at an award ceremony in Stockholm on August 26.
The prize committee cited Fleming’s “sublime, unparalleled voice and unique stylistic versatility”.
A two-time Grammy winner, the 49-year-old soprano has performed in opera houses worldwide after her professional debut more than 20 years ago.
The prize is typically split between pop artists and classical musicians.
Last year’s winners were composer Steve Reich and jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
Previous winners include Led Zeppelin, former Beatle Paul McCartney, violinist Isaac Stern, rock musician Bruce Springsteen, and music producer Quincy Jones.