Grandmaster Flash Becomes First DJ To Win The ‘Nobel Prize’ Of Music
Amid a standing ovation, Grandmaster Flash has become the first DJ to win the award often called the “Nobel Prize Of Music.”
According to DJ Magazine, it’s known as the Polar Music Prize. The source reports that it was founded by Stig Anderson in 1989. Joseph “Grandmaster Flash” Saddler joins previous winners such as Led Zeppelin, BB King, Metallica, and Paul McCartney.
As you’ll see in the following video, Flash accepts the prize from the King of Sweden!
“This thing that I did had not existed before, and I am one of many where I come from,” Grandmaster Flash mentions during his acceptance speech. “It ended up being called hip-hop, taking the drum break from pop, rock, jazz, blues, funk, disco, R+B, and using duplicate copies of records. I would take one section and repeat it over and over again.”