Buffy Sainte-Marie Wins 2015 Polaris Music Prize

74-year-old Native Canadian singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie won this year’s Polaris Music Prize (and $50,000 cash) for her album Power In The Blood, which was chosen as the Canadian Album Of The Year by a jury of music journalists, broadcasters, and bloggers. Following a controversial couple of years of Polaris Music Prize acceptances, this one went pretty smoothly, with no condemnations of any animal rights organizations or criticism of the Polaris Music Prize itself. The ceremony, held earlier this evening in downtown Toronto, was hosted by Canadian children’s music performer Fred Penner and featured performances by Buffy Sainte-Marie and other shortlist nominees Alvvays, Braids, Jennifer Castle, and Viet Cong (who, in the midst of a name change, were introduced by Dan Boeckner as “four dudes from Calgary: Matt, Monty, Danny, and Mike”). Check out the full list of competitors Sainte-Marie beat out for the award and watch the entire gala below.

2015 Shortlist:

Alvvays – Alvvays
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul
Braids – Deep In The Iris
Caribou – Our Love
Jennifer Castle – Pink City
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Tobias Jesso Jr – Goon
The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
Buffy Sainte-Marie – Power In The Blood
Viet Cong – Viet Cong