This year’s Polaris Music Prize selection has begun. The 2016 long list was announced, which includes 40 albums from Canadian artists to represent the country’s album of the year. Drake, Justin Bieber and The Weeknd have all made it into the first selection round. The albums are chosen from a 192-member jury of music journalists, bloggers and broadcasters. The chosen members select their top five choices from a list of 183 titles, which ultimately makes up the award’s long list.
The short list is set to be announced on July 14, which will narrow the list down to 10 albums. At that time, the number of jurors will drop down to eleven as part of an elite Grand Jury.
The winner will be announced on September 19 and will receive $50,000 in Canadian currency while the remaining short list artists will receive $3,000.
Take a look at the full list of first round picks for this year’s Polaris Music Prize below.
(Photo credit: Drake, Justin Bieber and The Weeknd Instagram accounts)