Metallica To Receive Polar Music Prize

Metallica will be receiving Sweden’s Polar Music Prize on June 14. That award is given to musicians for “significant achievements in music and/or musical activity, or for achievements which are found to be of great potential importance for music or musical activity.” Along with the award, each honoree also gets 1 million Swedish krona ($125,000 USD), which the band plan to donate to their charity the All Within My Hands Foundation.


Lars Ulrich said the following:

“Receiving the Polar Music Prize is an incredible thing. It puts us in very distinguished company. It’s a great validation of everything that Metallica has done over the last 35 years. At the same time, we feel like we’re in our prime with a lot of good years ahead of us. Thank you very much.”

James Hetfield also commented:

“I feel very honored to be in such great company with the others who have accepted the Polar Music Prize. As myself and as Metallica, I’m grateful to have this as part of our legacy, our history. Thank you.”

Robert Trujillo added:

“Receiving the Polar Music Prize is such an honor, especially sharing it with [previous laureates] such as Joni Mitchell, Keith Jarrett and Wayne Shorter, who I admire dearly… Hopefully this will inspire younger generations of musicians to keep the music alive.”

Kirk Hammett continued:

“It means a lot to me because we’ve been added to a list of very distinguished artists and musicians who I respect. And to be acknowledged for the work we’ve done. I know how important this is and how much of an honor it is.”


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