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Backxwash Wins 2020 Polaris Music Prize

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Backxwash has won the 2020 Polaris Music Prize for the album God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It.

“Be as honest as you want to be and create the art that you want to,” said Backxwash while reflecting on her win.

The Prize goes to the best Canadian album of the year based on artistic merit without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation. It was determined by a Grand Jury of 11 music media professionals drawn from the greater Polaris jury pool of 201 writers, editors, broadcasters, DJs and personalities from across the country. This was the 15th edition of the Polaris Music Prize. 

Backxwash’s victory came with a $50,000 monetary reward. The nine other Short List nominees each received $3,000.

The 2020 Polaris Short List was:
Backxwash – God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
Caribou – Suddenly
Junia-T – Studio Monk
Kaytranada – Bubba
nêhiyawak – nipiy
Pantayo – Pantayo
Lido Pimienta – Miss Colombia
U.S. Girls – Heavy Light
Witch Prophet – DNA Activation

Backxwash’s name was revealed by Polaris 2019 winner, Haviah Mighty, live from the stage of Toronto venue, The Carlu, during the 2020 Polaris Music Prize Celebration broadcast last night. Due to COVID-19, for the safety and well-being of the Polaris community, Polaris chose to not host a winner Gala event this year. Instead, Polaris invited Canadian filmmakers to apply to create commissioned films inspired by each of the Short List-nominated albums to create a special cinematic tribute. 

All 10 of these specially commissioned short films are now available for viewing on the free CBC Gem streaming service.


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