This was Cadence Weapon’s third time on the short list for the prize. While accepting the award, he said: “Justin Trudeau has done blackface so many times he doesn’t remember how many. That’s why I need to be making rap records that are political.”
Daniel Lanois, Yves Jarvis, Bernice, and Fiver with the Atlantic School of Spontaneous Composition were among those long list for this year’s prize, which was narrowed down in July. Runners-up from the Short List receive a cash prize of $3,000 (Canadian). Backxwash won for God Has Nothing to Do With This Leave Him Out Of It last year, following previous honorees Haviah Mighty, Jeremy Dutcher, and Lido Pimienta.
Polaris Music Prize 2021 Short List: