Kronos Quartet, Patti Smith Receive Polar Prize

Kronos Quartet, Patti Smith Receive Polar Prize

Kronos Quartet, Patti Smith Receive Polar Prize
The GRAMMY-winning Kronos Quartet and GRAMMY-nominated artist Patti Smith are recipients of the 2011 Polar Music Prize, worth $166,000 each, and will be honored by Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf at a ceremony on Aug. 30. The Polar Music Prize, founded in 1989, recognizes individuals, groups and institutions in recognition of exceptional achievements in music. Past recipients include Pierre Boulez, Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Renée Fleming, Dizzy Gillespie, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, and Bruce Springsteen, among others. (5/3)

GRAMMY Winners Pick Up Tony Awards Noms
Nominations were announced today for the 2011 Tony Awards with GRAMMY-winning composers Fred Ebb and John Kander garnering nominations for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for the 12-time Tony-nominated "The Scottsboro Boys." Additional nominees in the original score category include Robert Lopez, Trey Parker and Matt Stone ("The Book Of Mormon"); Alan Menken and Glenn Slater ("Sister Act"); and David Yazbek ("Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown"). The Tony Awards will take place June 12 in New York. (5/3)

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