Montreal-based rapper Backxwash has been awarded the 2020 Polaris Music Prize for her latest LP God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It. An 11-member jury selected the Zambian-Canadian’s album from a pool that included Jessie Reyez, Lido Pimienta, U.S. Girls, Kaytranada, and more.
God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It blends elements of rap and metal with Backxwash’s (real name Ashanti Mutinta) experience with faith, family, and queer identity. The record borrows samples from Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and David Lynch’s Eraserhead.
Backxwash received a $50,000 cash prize for the victory.
The Polaris Music Prize recognizes the Canadian record judged to be the best based on artistic merit. Previous winners include Haviah Mighty, Jeremy Dutcher, Pimienta, Kaytranada, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Fucked Up, Caribou, Arcade Fire, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and more.
All 10 finalists receive a $3,000 award.