Canadian folk singer Joni Mitchell and French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez were awarded music's Nobel Prize, the Polar Prize, by the King of Sweden yesterday. Mitchell and Boulez shared the $150,000 cash prize, awarded this year for the fifth time.
Mitchell is famous for her soaring voice and biting lyrics, and for albums such as Court and Spark, Mingus, and Blue. Big Yellow Taxi, a protest anthem against the urbanization of America, is her most famous song.
Boulez, who once conducted Wagner's Ring at Bayreuth, has gone on to dabble in experimental music, including collaborating with radical rock musician Frank Zappa.
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