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Polaris Prize 2016 Short List: Carly Rae Jepsen, Grimes, Kaytranada, and More

Justin Bieber and Drake didn't make the cut

Canada’s Polaris Prize has announced its much-watched “short list” of nominees for the 2016 Canadian Album of the Year award, including records by a number of SPIN favorites like Carly Rae Jepsen, Grimes, Kaytranada, White Lung, PUP, and Jessy Lanza. (Among notable names dropped from the “long list”: Drake, Justin Bieber, and The Weeknd.)

The Album of the Year winner will receive a C$50,000 prize; the nine runners-up receive C$3,000 apiece. The 2016 eligibility period runs from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016, so some 2015 releases such as E•MO•TION and Art Angels qualify. A final winner will be announced at a ceremony on September 19. See the full “short list” of nominees below, via the Polaris Music Prize.

Black Mountain, IV
Basia Bulat, Good Advice
Carly Rae Jepsen, E•MO•TION
Grimes, Art Angels
Kaytranada, 99.9%
Jessy Lanza, Oh No
PUP, The Dream Is Over
Andy Shauf, The Party
U.S. Girls, Half Free
White Lung, Paradise