Drake, Grimes, Carly Rae Jepsen, White Lung, PUP Among Polaris Prize Nominees

The long list for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize has been revealed: Drake, Grimes, Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Destroyer, Kaytranada, White Lung, Dilly Dally, PUP, Junior Boys, Jessy Lanza, Operators, and Nap Eyes all made the cut. In total, the 40-name list contains 19 returning and 21 new nominees, which were chosen by a jury of Canadian music journalists and broadcasters.

This list will be narrowed down to a 10-album shortlist on 7/14, and the Polaris Gala will be held on 9/19, where the winner will be announced. Last year’s winner was Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Here’s the full long list:

Art Bergmann — The Apostate
Justin Bieber — Purpose
Black Mountain — IV
Jean-Michel Blais — II
Basia Bulat — Good Advice
Daniel Caesar — Pilgrim’s Paradise
Tanika Charles — Soul Run
City and Colour — If I Should Go Before You
Coeur de pirate — Roses
Dead Obies — Gesamtkunstwerk
Destroyer — Poison Season
Dilly Dally — Sore
Drake — VIEWS
Essaie pas — Demain est une autre nuit
Fred Fortin — Ultramarr
FOXTROTT — A Taller Us
Grimes — Art Angels
Half Moon Run — Sun Leads Me On
Veda Hille — Love Waves
Jazz Cartier — Hotel Paranoia
Carly Rae Jepsen — E•MO•TION
Junior Boys — Big Black Coat
Kaytranada — 99.90%
Jessy Lanza — Oh No
Majid Jordan — Majid Jordan
Michelle McAdorey — Into Her Future
Nap Eyes — Thought Rock Fish Scale
Safia Nolin — Limoilou
Operators — Blue Wave
Peaches — Rub
PUP — The Dream Is Over
Daniel Romano — Mosey
Andy Shauf — The Party
The Strumbellas — HOPE
Suuns — Hold/Still
U.S. Girls — Half Free
Un Blonde — Good Will Come To You
The Weeknd — Beauty Behind the Madness
White Lung — Paradise
Donovan Woods — Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled