Björk (as well as composer Ennio Morricone) won this year’s prestigious Polar Music Prize, an award and cash grant given to outstanding musicians, composers, groups and organizations. It was created by ABBA lyricist and manager Stig Anderson in 1989, and since then people like Steve Reich, Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell, Quincy Jones, and Led Zeppelin have won the award. Björk was at the ceremony today in Stockholm, where Robyn paid tribute with a cover of Post’s “Hyperballad.” The cover is a little shaky, and if Robyn had gotten a glimpse of Björk’s expression during the song, she might’ve stopped dead. But Björk does smile and applaud at the end, so maybe she won her over.
Here’s the MP3:
Robyn – “Hyperballad” (Björk Cover)
You can grab many more Post covers (including Dirty Projectors’s cover of “Hyperballad”) at Stereogum Presents…Enjoyed
UPDATE: Wildbirds & Peacedrums also performed at the show. They did “Human Behaviour”: