Electronic producer Kaytranada has won the 2016 Polaris Music Prize
The award honours the year's stand out album by a Canadian artist. The prize is $50,000. The artist was competing against several established artists across a spectrum of genres, including White Lung, Carly Rae Jepsen and Grimes.
The award is famous because it respects artistic merit rather than commercial success. Kaytranada represents the first Hip Hop artist to win the award, with elements similar to Skepta's Mercury award last week. The trend represents the global move towards Hip Hop cementing its position as a true art form. One that takes inspiration from a broad range of genres, as one can observe in Kaytranada's electronically influenced, psychedelically infused beats. His character as a complex, misunderstood, enigmatic figure is an increasingly recognisable trope in an industry that celebrates the likes of Young Thug and Frank Ocean. We think that this is a move towards a more accepting Hip Hop, and a more accepting culture.