Metallica has donated its monetary award from the Polar Music Prize to three charities. Fifty percent of the prize, which was the Swedish equivalent of just over $130,000, went to the Stockholm City Mission, which supports the homeless. Twenty-five percent went to the World Childhood Foundation and the final 25 percent to the Afghanistan National Institute Of Music, also a recipient of this year's Prize.

Metallica was awarded the prestigious Swedish prize last Thursday night (June 14th) at a ceremony in Stockholm, where drummer Lars Ulrich and bassist Robert Trujillo watched Ghost frontman Tobias Forge, along with members of Swedish metal act Candlemass and the duo Vargas & Lagola, honor the band with a performance of the Metallica classic "Enter Sandman."

Ulrich and Trujillo accepted the prize from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. In his acceptance speech, Ulrich said, "Who would have thought, when Metallica started this musical journey 37 years ago, that one day we would be standing in front of both musical royalty and actual royalty, accepting one of the most prestigious prizes that can be bestowed upon musicians."