Haviah Mighty’s 13 wins the 2021 Canadian Top Music Video Prism Award
Director Theo Kapidistrias won the highest prize of this year’s Prism Awards for his music video for Haviah Mighty’s Thirteen, The organizers said on Monday.
The award is one of several awards for Canadian music video achievement and artistry, with a prize of US$20,000.
Kapidistrias’ work for Mighty’s video beat the other nine shortlisted artists who produced videos for musicians including TOBi, Mustafa and Sean Leon.
While Kapidistrias won, the audience awards voted by fans went to directors Evan Elliot and Lance Sampson because they were Acquakultre advance payment.
The winners were announced at a virtual ceremony-this is the second such prism speech since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic-narrated by Canadian rapper Cadence Weapon.
Watch | The production Thirteen Music video:
Thirteen It has been drawing attention since it was released in Mighty’s debut album in 2019 13th floor -She won the Polaris Music Award that year, making her the first hip-hop artist in the 14-year history of the award to receive this honor.
In an interview with CBC Music before the video was released last year, Mighty said that this song was specifically aimed at the 13th Amendment to the United States, which abolished slavery, especially punishment for crimes, and conveyed a general message.
“If you listen to this song, I think it’s very clear about its connection with every black man in the world,” she said.
Kapidistrias directed and produced this video and told CBC that he designed it as a story book.
Luis Calabro, vice president of programs and awards at the Canadian Film and Television Academy and founder of awards, pointed out that the powerful information and capabilities of the video “extend the audience’s experience beyond the song.”
Calabro quoted Calabro in a press release as saying: “This is an artwork for which we are honored to be included in the list of Prism Award winners.”
Also on Monday, the art-punk band Crack Cloud won the High Fidelity Award, which recognizes “recording artists who use music videos in innovative ways.” Gennelle Cruz received the Lipsett Award-awarded to creators who took a unique approach to music video art-Jordan Oram received the Special Achievement Award.
Finally, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, a famous scholar, writer and artist, won the Willie Dunn Award. The award-in memory of the Montreal-born singer-songwriter, film director and politician-“is awarded to Canadian pioneers who have demonstrated excellence in the music, music video and/or film production communities.”
As part of the award, Simpson received a $2,500 honorarium and had the opportunity to choose an emerging Canadian artist to be the focus of his speech and receive their own honorarium. Simpson chose Inuk musician Beatrice Deer.
Previous Prism Award winners include Kevin Funk’s Belle Game low, Charlotte Day Wilson’s Fantavious Fritz jobs, And Martin C. Pariseau for Kaytranada’s lighter. Last year, director Peter Huang won an award for the work of Jessie Reyez far away, In a virtual presentation hosted by Haviah Mighty.