HONOURED: Chuck Berry (PA)
AMERICAN ROCK great Chuck Berry has been named as a 2014 Polar Music Prize laureate.
The 87-year-old music giant will receive the gong on August 26 in Sweden along with US theatre director Peter Sellers, and both men will be honoured in a ceremony in which King Carl XVI of Sweden will present the awards.
The Polar award was founded 25 years ago by Abba manager Stig Anderson and has a purse of one million kronor (£82,000).
Recipients of the prize are judged to have made music that brings different people all over the world together.
Berry was selected for the honour by an award committee, which said his music broke new ground.
It said: “In the course of three minutes he conjures up an image of the everyday life and dreams of a teenager, often with the focus on cars.
“Chuck Berry, born in 1926, was the first to drive up onto the highway and announce that we are born to run.”
Previous winners of the award are Sir Paul McCartney, BB King, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon.
Some of Berry’s famous hits include Johnny B Goode and Roll Over Beethoven, and he has proved timeless over the years with a career that has spanned seven decades.
The Polar prize is the musical equivalent of a Nobel Prize.