Grimes and Carly Rae Jepsen nominated for Polaris Prize

The prize honours the best album released by a Canadian artist over the last year

Grimes and Carly Rae Jepsen have both been nominated for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize, which honors the best album released by a Canadian artist over the last year.

But the award has attracted surprise after Justin Bieber, Drake and The Weeknd failed to make the shortlist – with all three having been previously tipped to make the cut.

Instead, Carly Rae Jepsen and Grimes feature on a shortlist that also includes White Lung’s ‘Paradise’ and Jessy Lanza’s Oh No.

The winner of the award will be announced on September 19, and will receive $50,000.

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Carly Rae Jepsen is nominated for 2015’s ‘Emotion’, an album that NME previously described as being ‘a sublime pop record’, while Grimes is nominated for ‘Art Angels.’

NME also described Grimes’ Art Angels as “an attempt to bridge the gap between her fervent online cult and tangible, real-world success”.

The whole shortlist is as follows.

Black Mountain – ‘IV’
Basic Bulat – ‘Good Advice’
Grimes – ‘Art Angels’
Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Emotion’
Kaytranada – ‘99.9%’
Jessy Lanza – ‘Oh No’
PUP – ‘The Dream Is Over’
Andy Shauf – ‘The Party’
U.S. Girls – ‘Half Free’
White Lung – ‘Paradise’