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ABBA members gather to receive award in Sweden

The four members of the iconic pop group ABBA gathered on Friday (31) to receive one of Sweden's highest honors, the “Royal Vasa Order”, during a ceremony at the royal palace in Stockholm.

Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, who rarely make public appearances together and are in their 70s, received the order from King Carl XVI Gustaf “for very distinguished contributions to Swedish and international musical life.” , according to the Royal Court.

The hugely popular group, which formed in 1972 and broke up in the early 1980s, has sold 385 million records and still has legions of fans around the world with enduring hits like “Dancing Queen,” “Thank You For The Music” and “Fernando”.

This year, Sweden resumed granting orders of chivalry to Swedes after a 50-year break.

The year 2024 also marks 50 years since ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest final in the UK in 1974 with the song “Waterloo”, propelling them to worldwide success.

The musical “Mamma Mia!”, composed by Ulvaeus and Andersson and based on their songs, has been seen by more than 70 million people around the world since its premiere in 1999, according to its creators. It also gave rise to two blockbuster films.

Ulvaeus told Swedish TV4 after the ceremony that he felt “very emotional” upon receiving the order, especially as it came from the Swedish public.

Sweden has four orders of chivalry, established in the 18th century, of which the Vasa Order is the youngest. Members of the public propose recipients and formal decisions are made by the government.

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Source: CNN Brasil

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