World News – CA – Zambian-Canadian rapper Backxwash wins 2020 Polaris Music Prize


Zambian-Canadian rapper Backxwash is the winner of the 2020 Polaris Music Prize for the album God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out De That

The Montreal artist said of the big win: « Be as honest as you want and create the art you want »

The award, which was presented by CBC Music, is given to the best Canadian album of the year based on its artistic merit regardless of genre, sales history or label affiliation

It was determined by a grand jury of 11 music media professionals drawn from the Polaris grand jury of 201 writers, publishers, broadcasters, DJs and personalities from across the country It was the 15th edition of the Polaris Music Prize

Backxwash wins $ 50,000 reward The other nine shortlist nominees including Caribou, Junia-T and Pantayo each received $ 3,000, courtesy of Slaight Music

Backxwash’s name was revealed by 2019 Polaris winner Haviah Mighty live on stage at Toronto’s The Carlu during the 2020 Polaris Music Prize Celebration broadcast

Due to COVID-19, Polaris has chosen not to host a winning gala this year Instead, they invited Canadian filmmakers to apply to create commissioned films inspired by each of the shortlisted nominated albums Hundreds of filmmakers applied, with selected production teams commissioned based on feedback from Polaris staff, CBC Music and the finalist teams

These 10 shorts were released during the 2020 Polaris Music Prize celebration, hosted by Saroja Coelho of CBC Music

« It is an incredible and humbling honor to oversee this year’s Polaris Grand Jury, » said Melissa Vincent, Polaris Jury President “Their dedication to discussing and defending the work of an exceptional group of artists is testament to the vitality of music coming from Canada. We couldn’t be more delighted to congratulate the winner of the Polaris Music Prize 2020! « 

The former Polaris winners are Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015) and Tanya Tagaq (2014)

Polaris Music Prize, Backxwash, CBC Music, Hip Hop Music

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