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One Direction at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Photo: Shutterstock
One Direction at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Photo: Shutterstock


Prestigious music awards

The Polar Music Prize is the music world’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize, making it one of the most prestigious a musician can win. The prize is awarded to individuals, groups, or institutions that have made significant contributions to music or musical activity. Like the Nobel Banquet, the Polar Music Prize ceremony is closed to the public, but you can see highlights on TV4. Here are some other music award ceremonies from around the world not to be missed!

The Polar Music Prize 2016

TV4 broadcasts live from the banquet from 8pm to 10pm, with highlights from the afternoon’s ceremony in the Stockholm Concert Hall.

The Grammy Awards 

Grammy Awards. Photo: ShutterstockThese are the music world’s equivalent of the Oscars and are awarded for outstanding achievement in the music industry in a range of categories (there are currently 105 award categories covering 30 different genres). The Grammys are awarded in February each year and can be seen on American TV channel CBS or followed online at CBS.com.

The Brit Awards  

The Brit Awards, often simply called The Brits, is Britain’s biggest pop music award ceremony. The first ceremony was held in 1977, when no less than The Beatles won three awards. Since then, British pop stars such as Elton John, the Spice Girls, U2, and Adele have all been winners. The ceremony is broadcast live on ITV in February. 

Billboard Awards

American music magazine Billboard is famous for charting the best-selling records in America. Their awards ceremony is held in May each year and rewards the year’s top artists. Unlike other award ceremonies, the winners are determined by lists of sales, downloads, and statistics, rather than chosen by a jury. The ceremony is broadcast live on May 22 on ABC.  

International Classical Music Awards

There are prestigious awards for all genres in the music world. When it comes to classical music, it’s The International Classical Music Awards that count. Categories include best symphony orchestra, choral works, and opera. You can watch the ceremony at medici.tv (different months every year). 

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