The winner gets $50,000 cash prize and heightened global awareness for their music
Haviah Perkasa has won the 2019 Polaris Music Prize for her album 13th Floor.
The project, which was first awarded to a woman’s hip-hop and rap artists, selected by an 11-member jury as the Canadian album based on artistic achievement.
The first full-length solo album reflects on the 13th Floor mighty be a woman of color in today’s society, and find positive inspiration in his family.
She received the prize Polaris said that it was one of the few awards he received from years of making music, but he was thankful that it resonated with the jury.
“My Truth, how important it is, and how often are dismissed, I do not care about it,” he said when accepting the award.
“I’ve had the same thoughts and the same sentiment since high school, and each time it was’ not the time, ‘and it is not a place,’ and here is the 2019 Polaris is the time and place.”
Perkasa is also a member of the Toronto all-female hip-hop act The Sorority.
Polaris Prize is considered one of the most prestigious music awards in the country. Former winners include Jeremy Dutcher, Arcade Fire, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Kaytranada.
Winners receive a $ 50,000 cash prize and raise global awareness for their album.
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