Born in Benin
Angélique Kidjo receives the Vilcek Prize in Music in recognition of her exceptional range as a singer songwriter, and for her creative leadership in bringing African Music to the global stage through her albums and collaborations.
2023 Vilcek Prize in Music
Singer, composer, producer
Born in Saudi Arabia
Arooj Aftab receives the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Music for her evocative songs and compositions that incorporate a range of influences from semi-classical Pakistani music and Urdu poetry, to jazz harmonies and experimental music.
2023 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Music