Chuck Berry is to be awarded the Polar Music Prize.
The award is said to be the music world’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
“Chuck Berry was the rock’n’roll pioneer who turned the electric guitar into the main instrument of rock music,” the jury said in its citation.
“Every riff and solo played by rock guitarists over the last 60 years contains DNA that can be traced right back to Chuck Berry.”
The 87 year old Berry is one of two recipients of this year’s award. Peter Sellars, the American opera and theatre director, will also receive the accolade in a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden on August 26 in the presence of King Carl XVI of Sweden.
The million kronor prize (£82,000) was founded 25 years ago by Stig ‘Stikkan’ Anderson, the publisher, lyricist and manager of Abba, and it’s first recipient was Paul McCartney.