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Leonard Cohen, Drake, Feist Nominated for 2012 Polaris Awards

Japandroids, Grimes, the Weeknd, Fucked Up also vying for Canadian honor

June 15, 2012 12:15 PM ET
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Leonard Cohen during the 2012 Awards for Lyrics of Literary Excellence in Boston
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The Polaris Awards have announced their long list for 2012, including Leonard Cohen's Old Ideas, Drake's Take Care and Feist's Metals among the nominees. Also up for the award are Japandroids' Celebration Rock, Grimes' debut album Visions, the Weeknd's Echoes of Silence, Fucked Up's David Comes to Life, Patrick Watson's Adventures in Your Own Backyard and the Handsome Furs' final album, Sound Kapital.

The Polaris Awards honor the Canadian Album of the Year, with the artist receiving a $30,000 prize. Judgments are made regardless of genre or sales by a jury of over 200 members of the Canadian music media, focusing on artistic merit only. The Polaris short list will be unveiled July 17th,and the winner will be announced at the Polaris gala on September 24th. For the full list of 2012 Polaris Awards nominees, visit the official website.

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