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Singer-songwriter Paul Simon and cellist Yo-Yo Ma have won the 2012 Polar Music Prize, Sweden’s most prestigious award for musicians.

Mr. Simon and Mr. Ma will receive $166,000 each and an invitation to the prize ceremony in Stockholm Aug. 28.

The award was founded by Stig Anderson, the late manager of Swedish pop group ABBA, and has been presented since 1992. It typically is shared by a pop artist and a classical musician.

Calling Mr. Ma the “leading cellist of our time,” the prize jury said Tuesday that he is “living proof that music is communication, passion and the ability to share experience.”

The citation praised Mr. Simon as a “world-class songwriter” who captured the currents of his time with “consummate skill, innovative arrangements and provocative lyrics.”

Beard Foundation names rising star, outstanding chef

Christina Tosi has been named rising star of the year at the 25th annual Beard Foundation awards, known as the Oscars of the food world.

Ms. Tosi oversees desserts, breads and ice cream for David Chang’s Momofuku restaurant group and is best known as the woman behind his Momofuku Milk Bar.

She earned the honor largely for her knack for crafting unusual sweet treats including soft-serve ice cream made from milk flavored by breakfast cereal. She has won an almost fanatical following.

Beard was considered the dean of American cooking when he died in 1985. The awards honor those who follow in his footsteps.

Daniel Humm, of New York City’s Eleven Madison Park, was named outstanding chef of the year.

Will Smith backs Obama’s plan to tax top earners

One of Hollywood’s biggest and best-paid stars is supporting President Obama’s call for higher taxes on the country’s top earners.

While promoting “Men in Black III” last week, Will Smith said he supports the proposal.

“I’m very supportive of that idea,” Mr. Smith told the Associated Press in an interview. “America has been fantastic to me. I have no problem paying whatever I need to pay to keep my country growing.”

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