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Kaytranada wins Polaris Music Prize

DJ Kaytranada's debut studio album 99.9% has been named Canada's Album of the Year at the 2016 Polaris Music Awards.

The electronic musician and producer was named the winner of the prestigious prize during a gala in Toronto on Monday night (19Sep16).


"For me, it’s crazy to get this award," Kaytranada said onstage. “It’s really, truly, a big honor. It’s amazing. Shout outs to all of y’all. I want to thank the judges and everybody for voting for me. It’s an honor, man, I don’t know what to say."


Haiti-born Kaytranada, real name Louis Kevin Celestin, has had a breakout year, after opening for Madonna on two stops of her Rebel Heart tour, as well as collaborating with the likes of Chance the Rapper, Talib Kweli, and Craig David.


A jury of 11 industry professionals chose 24-year-old Kaytranada's 99.9% over nine other acclaimed albums from artists such as Carly Rae Jepsen, Grimes, Black Mountain, Basia Bulat, and U.S. Girls.


Past winners of the Polaris Music Prize have included Buffy Sainte-Marie, Feist, Arcade Fire, and Caribou.