Feist was named the winner of the 2012 Polaris Prize last night in Toronto for her album Metals, taking home a $30,000 check and a warm, fuzzy feeling for snagging Canada’s most prestigious music prize. She was selected from an impressive list of fellow shortlist nominees, including Grimes, Japandroids, Cold Sparks, F**ked Up and Drake.
Apparently Leslie Feist wasn’t expecting to win; after her name was announced by Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara and Tim Kingsbury, she hid under her table for a moment and then headed to the stage to accept the award. “Oh, the thoughts racing through my head right now, ” she said. “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.
“Everyone had a favourite here tonight, and I did too — and I did not think it was me,” she continued. “I’m just really shocked and really, really grateful to be a part of the night.”
Feist, who has also won four Grammys and eight Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy, has been nominated for the Polaris Prize once before. During last night’s event she performed “Caught A Long Wind” and “The Bad In Each Other.” Nominees Cadence Weapon, Cold Specks, Kathleen Edwards, F**ked Up, Grimes and Yamantaka//Sonic Titan also performed. The now-defunct Handsome Furs attended, but did not perform.
The shortlist nominees were presented with $2000 each. Last year’s Polaris Prize winner was Arcade Fire for The Suburbs.
Feist vincitrice del Polaris Prize 2012 ieri sera a Toronto per il suo album Metals , portando a casa un assegno di $ 30.000 è il premio musicale più prestigioso del Canada. E ‘stata selezionata da un elenco impressionante di candidati tra cui Grimes, Japandroids, Cold Sparks, F ** ked Up e Drake.
A quanto pare Leslie Feist non si aspettava di vincere, dopo che il suo nome è stato annunciato da Arcade Fire ( Jeremy Gara e Tim Kingsbury), si nascose sotto il tavolo per un attimo e poi si diresse verso il palco per ritirare il premio.
“Oh, i pensieri che si rincorrono nella mia testa in questo momento“, ha detto. “Si potrebbe pensare che da una vita di discorsi terribili mi ricordo a un certo punto di scrivere qualcosa, ma non lo faccio mai perché sembra presuntuoso da fare”….segue …“Sono solo molto scioccato e molto, molto grato di essere una parte della notte.”