Twitter Reacts to 2015 Polaris Music Prize

Twitter Reacts to 2015 Polaris Music Prize
Last night (September 21), the Polaris Music Prize paid homage to some of the finest music out of Canada in the past year with an annual gala event. Buffy Sainte-Marie ultimately took home the prestigious $50,000 prize for her album Power in the Blood, but there was plenty to talk about in the lead-up and aftermath of the award's presentation. Relive the 2015 Polaris event in tweet-form below.
Predictions rolled in before the gala got underway at the Carlu in Toronto, though some refused to stick within the confines of the pre-selected shortlist of nominees.
But as the evening's events kicked off, not everyone was in a celebratory mood.
Past winners made cases for who they hoped would take home the prize.
Although, even those who have yet to turn a nomination into a win were given some time in the spotlight.
Host and beloved child performer Fred Penner served as the master of ceremonies, at one point delivering a medley of songs by former Polaris Music Prize winners — all the while keeping it family-friendly, of course.
Performances from the night's nominees provided further insight into the artists' work, and the addition of players from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra proved a successful move.
The TSO even paid homage to Drake, who was too busy opening a restaurant called Frings to attend the ceremony — and, of course, his nominated album was introduced by Toronto City Councillor Norm Kelly.
Dan Boeckner had the daunting job of defending Viet Cong's record following headline-grabbing controversy over the band's soon-to-be-changed name, opting to call them "Four Guys from Calgary."
Tradition was broken since last year's recipient Tanya Tagaq unable to attend and present the award to this year's winner, but host Fred Penner pacified the crowd with a noble substitute — Word Bird!
Tagaq was nevertheless keeping an eye on the prize from abroad, and was quick to congratulate Buffy Sainte-Marie as soon as she was awarded the big win.
Below, see how other peers, fans and the Internet in general reacted to the news.