Wednesday 4 May 2011, 13:59 | By

Patti to get the Polar

Awards

Patti Smith

Patti Smith will receive Sweden’s Polar Music Prize this year, alongside US-based string quartet the Kronos Quartet.

The award is handed out by the Royal Swedish Academy Of Music.

Confirming Smith was one of this year’s winners, the prize committee said it was honouring the punk icon because she had devoted “her life to art in all its forms, demonstrating how much rock n roll there is in poetry and how much poetry there is in rock n roll”.

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