Rock 'n' roll icon Chuck Berry is to be the recipient of the 2014 Polar Music Prize. The Johnny B. Goode singer, who is revered by the world's greatest guitarists, will be honoured with the coveted award at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden this summer (Aug14).
He will also be handed more than $160,000 (£100,000) at the gala.
The top music award was established by late Abba manager and publisher Stig Anderson. Opera and theatre director Peter Sellars will also be honoured at the 2014 ceremony.
Past recipients of the Polar Music Prize have included Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney, who picked up the first award in 1992.
African singer Youssou N'dour has followed in the footsteps of Sir Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan by winning Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize. The Grammy Award-winning musician was chosen by the committee in charge of selecting the recipient of the honour, for being "not just a singer, but a storyteller, poet, singer of praise, entertainer and verbal historian... (who) has worked to reduce animosities between his own religion, Islam, and other religions."
He will share a prize of $153,200 (£95,000) with fellow winner, Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.
The Polar Music Prize, which was founded by ABBA's former manager Stig Anderson in 1989, is shared annually by a pop artist and a classical musician.
Last year's (12) winners were Paul Simon and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.