Iggy Pop has secured one of the music industry’s most coveted awards. In Stockholm he received it from royal hands.

American rock legend Iggy Pop received the Swedish Polar Music Prize from the king on Tuesday evening in Stockholm. King Carl XVI Gustaf (76) applauded the 75-year-old singer (“The Passenger”).

The French Ensemble intercontemporain with its German music director Matthias Pintscher also received the prestigious award this year. With his group The Stooges, Iggy Pop created furious rock music, the jury justified the award. With his courage and energy he paved the way for punk greats like the Sex Pistols and the Ramones.

The Polar Music Prize is one of the most prestigious music awards in the world. It honors significant achievements in both popular and classical music each year. It is endowed with one million Swedish crowns (around 95,000 euros). Past Polar Prize winners include Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan.