It’s one of the biggest weeks of the year for musical awards. Over the weekend we saw Skepta take home Britain’s premiere award The Mercury Prize for his album Konichiwa, and today the Canadian equivalent was awarded to Kaytranada.
The Polaris Music Prize is the award presented by a team of panelists to what they deem to be the Canadian album of the year. The prize boasts the respect of being given out “without regard to musical genre or popularity” and 2016’s chosen record is 99.9% from Kaytranada.
Similar to The Mercury Prize or the Australian Music Prize, the 2016 Polaris Music Prize represents one of the largest achievements an artist can reach, and Kaytranada has taken it home.
The other nine nominees for 2016 were Andy Shauf for The Party, Basia Bulat for Good Advice, Black Mountain for IV, Carly Rae Jepsen for Emotion, Grimes for Art Angels, Jessy Lanza for Oh No, PUP for The Dream Is Over, U.S. Girls for Half Free and White Lung for Paradise.
Watch the video for Kaytranada’s Lite Spots below, taken from the winning album.
Via The Fader.