Kaytranada wins Polaris Music Prize

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  • The Canadian producer took home the prestigious award tonight for his debut album, 99.9%.
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  • Kaytranada has won the Polaris Music Prize for 2016. The Polaris Music Prize is the Canadian equivalent of the Mercury Prize (which was awarded to Skepta last week), recognizing the best album by a Canadian artist each year. As Pitchfork reports, the honour also comes with a $50,000 cheque. The Montreal artist, real name Louis Celestin, won for his debut album, 99.9%, released this past spring on XL. He beat out Grimes, Jessy Lanza, Carly Rae Jepsen and Black Mountain, among others. It's a rare win for an electronic music artist, although Caribou won in 2008 for Andorra.