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Canada's Polaris Prize reveals long list noms: Justin Bieber not on it
Canada's Polaris Prize seeks to name the best album by a Canadian artist, picked and voted on by critics without regard (necessarily) for an album's commercial viability.
That is to say, the long-list of potential Polaris Prize winners for 2013 includes Tegan and Sara's "Heartthrob," Metric's Synthetica, Godspeed You! Black Emperor's "Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!" and AC Newman's solo album "Shut Down the Streets."
It does not, however, have Justin Bieber and his "Believe" on there.
The teenaged pop star has yet to comment on the snub, though Polaris has left off his "My World" before, too.
"This year's long list is all over the map, but in the best possible way," Polaris founder Steve Jordan said in a statement.
The winning artist of the annual prize scores a $30,000 award. Votes are made by a panel of 200 journalists. The short list goes up July 16 and the winner is announced Sept. 23.