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Led Zeppelin, Valery Gergiev honored

May 23, 2006 at 7:46 PM

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, May 23 (UPI) -- British rock icons Led Zeppelin and Russian conductor Valery Gergiev have been presented Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize.

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf gave the awards to Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and the daughter of the late drummer John Bonham along with Gergiev of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, during a ceremony Monday night in Stockholm.

Abba manager Stig Anderson founded the Polar Music Prize in 1989, which is awarded annually for significant achievements in pop and classical music.

Previous winners include Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Quincy Jones, Elton John, Ravi Shankar, B.B. King and Issac Stern.