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Kaytranada Wins 2016 Polaris Music Prize

The Montreal producer's debut album '99.9%' beat out Grimes, Jessy Lanza, Carly Rae Jepsen, and more.
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Kaytranada has won this year's Polaris Music Prize with his debut album 99.9%, beating out the likes of Grimes, Jessy Lanza, Carly Rae Jepsen, and more.

THUMP included the Montreal producer's critically acclaimed release in our list of the best 25 albums of 2016 so far back in June, saying that "it's a technicolor dreamcoat of a debut album, stitching together a chromatic patchwork of rhythms and melodies from a flashy list of collaborative hands that includes UK garage sweetheart Craig David, Swedish synth-slingers Little Dragon, and California rapper Anderson Paak."

The award is given out annually to the best Canadian album as voted on by a jury of music journalists, broadcasters, and bloggers, regardless of genre or record sales, and comes with a prize of $50,000 (CAD).