added: 26 Sep 2012 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk
Metals, the fourth album from Canadian singer Feist, has won that country's Polaris Prize for 2012. She was presented with the $30,000 award in Toronto by Jeremy Gara and Tim Kingsbury of last year's winning group, Arcade Fire.
The award is decided by a ten-person panel who chose from a short list that included albums by Drake, Kathleen Edwards, Grimes, the Handsome Furs, Japandroids and previous winners Fucked Up.
Feist (who was reportedly under her table when the winner was announced) came up on stage to accept her award, saying:
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 favourite 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.
I've been really grateful tonight. I learned so much about amazing stuff going on and every single band that was up here, not to mention every band on the short list, not to mention so many bands that didn't make the short list, belong here tonight and belong standing with a novelty check.
Later, she issued a statement to the press:
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. I'm genuinely grateful from one solitary listener to another. Honestly, thanks.
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