Paul Simon and Yo-Yo Ma were honored on August 28th as Laureates of the Polar Music Prize 2012 during a gala ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall. They received their prizes from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. The Polar Music Prize is an international music prize awarded to individuals, groups or institutions in recognition of exceptional achievements in the creation and advancement of music.
The Polar Music Prize 2012 is awarded to Paul Simon. Nobody else is more deserving of the epithet of “world-class songwriter.” For five decades, Paul Simon has built bridges not only over troubled waters but over entire oceans by (re)joining the world’s continents with his music. With consummate skill, innovative arrangements and provocative lyrics that never fail to capture the currents of his age, Paul Simon has compiled a library of songs which will remain open to future generations.