Backxwash has been awarded the 2020 Polaris Music Prize for her latest LP God Has Nothing to Do With This Leave Him Out Of It. Watch the video for her song “Amen” below.

The 2020 victory marks the Montreal-based, Zambia-born artist’s first Polaris Music Prize nomination and win. The award is presented annually to the best Canadian album as decided by a jury of Canadian journalists, broadcasters, bloggers and programmers. “Be as honest as you want to be and create the art that you want to,” Backxwash said in a statement.

Backxwash beat out records from U.S. Girls (Heavy Light) and Jessie Reyez (Before Love Came to Kill Us), as well as previous winners Caribou (Suddenly), Kaytranada (Bubba), Lido Pimienta (Miss Colombia), and more. The long list of nominees was shared in June, and narrowed down to the short list in July. Prize winners receive $50,000 CAD, with those on the short list receiving $3,000 CAD.

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