Pierre Kwenders' José Louis And The Paradox Of Love has won the 2022 Polaris Music Prize, the award honoring the best Canadian album of the year. It beat out records by Destroyer, Hubert Lenoir, Charlotte Day Wilson, Shad, Ouri and more.
The award, which comes with a $50,000 cash prize, was given out Monday night at the annual Polaris gala which featured performances by all 10 nominees (apart from Destroyer, who were replaced by Fresh Pepper).
During his acceptance speech, Kwenders said, “life is a motherfucker,” but noted, “I remember the reason I do what I do and the reason why I do the music that I do and I tell the story that I tell with my music is to tell the story of the people that inspire me. And all those three people that I mentioned inspired me as fuck.”