Polaris Music Prize

Music's 'Nobel Prize' has been won by a DJ for the first time

music news 17/06/2019

Grandmaster Flash has become the first DJ to win the Polar Music Prize, often referred to as the musical equivalent to the Nobel Prize.

The prize was founded in 1989 by former ABBA manager Stig Anderson. Past winners include BB King, Metallica, and Paul McCartney.

Grandmaster Flash aka Joseph Saddler accepted the prize from the Carl XVI Gustaf, the King of Sweden, "in honour of every DJ, every rapper, every graffiti artist, and every breakdancer".

"This thing that I did had not existed before, and I am one of many where I come from," he continued. "It ended up being called hip-hop, taking the drum break from pop, rock, jazz, blues, funk, disco, R+B, and using duplicate copies of records. I would take one section and repeat it over and over again."

This isn't the first time Saddler has set a new precedent, in 2007 alongside his hip-hop group The Furious Five were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.