Every year, a small panel of Canadian music heads gets together and awards the Polaris Music Prize to its pick for the best Canadian album of the year. The winner gets the prize at a big televised gala and gets to take home $30,000, and this year’s lineup of nominees was absolutely stacked. It included Drake, Japandroids, Grimes, Handsome Furs, Kathleen Edwards, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Cadence Weapon, and past winners Fucked Up. But the winner, as it turned out was Feist, for Metals. The lesson, as always: Do not underestimate Leslie Feist.

A shocked and flustered Feist was apparently completely unprepared to win the thing. Here’s what she had to say:

This was my worst fear — oh my God. Oh, the thoughts racing through my head right now. You’d think from a lifetime of terrible speeches I would remember at one point to write something down, but I never do because it seems presumptuous to prepare. I’ve had a phenomenal night. I’ve been having such an unbelievably good time sitting here, watching this cavalcade of really good music. Everyone had a favorite here tonight, and I did too — and I did not think it was me. I’m just really shocked and really, really grateful to be a part of the night.”

(via The Calgary Herald)

And as her name was being read, she was hiding under her table. No, really.

Comments (11)
  1. Did they listen to the album before awarding it?

  2. Cadence Weapon has never won. He was shortlisted once before.

  3. I admit I’m not really a Feist fan, and I’m sure the album is perfectly good in it’s own right, but really? Ahead of Drake, Grimes, Japandroids AND Fucked Up?

  4. Perhaps they saw it as a “Lifetime achievement” kind of thing… even though she’s not that old.

    • Agreed. Similar to Arcade Fire winning the Grammy for The Suburbs, where they make up for a past mistake of missing an amazing album by awarding an artists’ slightly lower quality album, while ignoring other artists’ higher quality albums. This is the kind of thing awards do ALL THE FUCKING TIME.

  5. Metals is really underrated. It certainly stands up to those other records, although Sound Kapital is probably my favorite of them.

  6. I really thought Fucked Up was gonna double up. David Comes To Life is awesome, but so was Metals, for different reasons. Congratulations to Leslie, well deserved.

  7. under the table? Wow…how nice foe her.

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