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Stoked! Kaytranada takes out the 2016 Polaris Music Prize

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.

2016 Polaris Music Prize

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.

With this achievement Kaytranada joins the pantheon of past winners including Caribou, Arcade Fire, Feist and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

The other nine nominees for 2016 were Andy Shauf for The PartyBasia Bulat for Good Advice, Black Mountain for IVCarly Rae Jepsen for EmotionGrimes for Art AngelsJessy Lanza for Oh NoPUP for The Dream Is OverU.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.