The King presents the 2019 Polar Music Prize

The King with hip hop artist Grandmaster Flash, one of this year's Polar Music Prize winners.

The King with hip hop artist Grandmaster Flash, one of this year's Polar Music Prize winners. Photo: Annika Berglund/Polar Music Prize

On Tuesday 11 June, The King presented the 2019 Polar Music Prize to Joseph Saddler (known as Grandmaster Flash), Anne-Sophie Mutter and Playing for Change founders Whitney Kroenke and Mark Johnson.

The King presents the 2019 Polar Music Prize to violinist Ann-Sophie Mutter.

The King presents the 2019 Polar Music Prize to violinist Ann-Sophie Mutter. Photo: Annika Berglund/Polar Music Prize

Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke were awarded the Polar Music Prize for setting up Playing for Change, a foundation that works to give children around the world musical education.

Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke were awarded the Polar Music Prize for setting up Playing for Change, a foundation that works to give children around the world musical education. Photo: Annika Berglund/Polar Music Prize

The prize-giving ceremony was held at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm. The ceremony included performances from the Stockholm Student Singers, Trombonfabriken, Cecilia Zilliacus, pupils from Rytmus and Södra Latin, Danny Saucedo, Mapei, Esther Karabo, DJ Eka Scratch, Migdal Strings and the Polar Music Prize Band.

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After the award ceremony, a banquet was held at the Grand Hôtel.

The King and Queen arrive at the prize-giving ceremony.

The King and Queen arrive at the prize-giving ceremony. Photo: Annika Berglund/Polar Music Prize

The Crown Princess Couple arrive at the Polar Music Prize award ceremony.

The Crown Princess Couple arrive at the Polar Music Prize award ceremony. Photo: Annika Berglund/Polar Music Prize

The Prince Couple arrive at the Polar Music Prize award ceremony.

The Prince Couple arrive at the Polar Music Prize award ceremony. Photo: Annika Berglund/Polar Music Prize

About the Polar Music Prize

The Polar Music Prize is an international music prize that was established in 1989 by Stig 'Stikkan' Anderson.

The Polar Music Prize is presented each year to musicians, groups or institutions in recognition of "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, and shall be referable to all fields within or closely connected with music".

The prize was first awarded in 1992.