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Buffy Sainte-Marie beats Drake and Alvvays to Polaris Prize glory

22 September 2015, 09:46 | Written by Laurence Day

Buffy Sainte-Marie has won this year's Polaris Music Prize for her record Power In The Blood.

74-year-old legend Sainte-Marie beat off competition from Caribou, Drake, Alvvays, and Tobias Jesso Jr to be crowned Canadian Album Of The Year winner at a ceremony in Toronto.

Sainte-Marie can now add the coveted gong to her trophy cabinet - she's already won an Academy Award, Junos, a Golden Globe, a Gemini, and more.

The shortlist, below, was originally cut down from 40 longlisted nominees.

Alvvays – Alvvays
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul
Braids – Deep In The Iris
Caribou – Our Love
Jennifer Castle – Pink City
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
Buffy Sainte-Marie – Power In The Blood
Viet Cong – Viet Cong

Tanya Tagaq took last year's prize home for her LP Animism, making this the second year in a row that a Native Canadian artist has won the prize.

All shortlisted artists were awarded $3,000, with eventual winner Sainte-Marie taking home $50,000 as the main prize.

You can watch the entire three-and-a-bit hour ceremony below.

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