Beating out artists like Drake, Kathleen Edwards and Japandroids, Nova Scotia artist Feist won the $30,000 Polaris Prize for music at a gala ceremony at Toronto's Masonic Temple last night.
"This was my worst fear – oh my God," she joked as she was handed the cheque (as reported by The Canadian Press). "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."
Feist hit radars in the late 90s with her debut album release "Monarch (Lay Your Jewelled Head Down)," which she followed up with three more albums. Then she really became a household name when her hit track "1234" was featured in a Apple iPod nano commercial on TV. Her most recent project was 2011's "Metals." She has also appeared in a number of films, such as documentaries, and made a cameo in "The Muppets" last year.
Feist made the short list for the Polaris Prize several times before. The winner is chosen by a panel of 10 music journalists and bloggers.
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