Feist Wins Polaris Music Prize
'Metals' wins Canadian award for album of the year, besting full-lengths by Drake, Grimes, Japandroids.
Feist's fourth album "Metals" earned the singer-songwriter the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, given to the best album of the year by a Canadian musician, which was announced on Monday night (Sept. 24).
Leslie Feist's latest full-length was declared the winner at the end of a ceremony held at the Concert Hall Studios at Bell Media's Masonic Temple in Toronto. The "1, 2, 3, 4" singer was awarded the $30,000 prize by Arcade Fire's Jeremy Gara and Tim Kingsbury, whose band won the 2011 Polaris prize for its third LP "The Suburbs."
"Polaris is asking me for a quote.... I haven't had a second to consider how to talk about this yet, but what I want to say is thank you to the people who really listened to my record," said Feist in a press statement. "I'm genuinely grateful from one solitary listener to another. Honestly, thanks."
Feist performed at the Polaris gala along with fellow nominees Grimes, Fucked Up, Cadence Weapon and Kathleen Edwards; Drake's "Take Care" and Japandroids' "Celebration Rock" also made the short list, although neither artist was in attendance. Feist was previously nominated for the Polaris prize in 2007, when her album "The Reminder" lost out to Patrick Watson's "Close To Paradise."
Released last October, "Metals" has sold 141,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Monday's event will be aired as a one-hour special on Canadian music channel MuchMusic on Sept. 29.