Montreal Producer Kaytranada Won The 2016 Polaris Prize For His Debut Album ‘99.9%’


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Kaytranada’s 99.9% won the 2016 Polaris Music Prize among a highly contested field, joining past winners such as Caribou, Arcade Fire, Feist, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The music award selects the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit and earns winner $50,000, while the other nine Short List nominees each receive $3,000. This is Kaytranada’s debut album, featuring some appearances Anderson Paak and Vic Mensa, making his win pretty spectacular. Winning the prize with a debut album isn’t exactly something that happens every day. Kaytranada — real name Louis Kevin Celestin — is likely well known for his producing work, pitching in with artists like Talib Kweli, Mobb Deep, and Chance The Rapper. This win should boost his profile even more than it already is, possibly giving him a launch south of the Canadian border.

This year’s strong Short List featured Carly Rae Jepsen’s E•MO•TION, which just celebrated its one-year anniversary, as well as other standouts including White Lung’s Paradise, Grimes’ Art Angels, Jessy Lanza’s Oh No, and PUP’s The Dream Is Over. Check out the full Short list below:

Black Mountain, IV
Basia Bulat, Good Advice
Grimes, Art Angels
Carly Rae Jepsen, E•MO•TION
Jessy Lanza, Oh No
PUP, The Dream Is Over
Andy Shauf, The Party
U.S. Girls, Half Free
White Lung, Paradise

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