Inuit throat singer claimed the $30, 000 Polaris Prize for her third album Animism, beating notable competitors Arcade Fire (Reflektor), Mac DeMarco (Salad Days) and Drake (Nothing Was The Same). Polaris Prize, modeled after UK’s Mercury Prize is awarded annually by a jury consisting of journalists, bloggers and broadcasters entrusted with the task of selecting the best Canadian album of the year based solely on artistic merit and regardless of the genre or record sales. The decisions of the committee can often be controversial.

In her acceptance speech, Tagaq surprised the audience by encouraging people to wear and eat seal, following up with the statement "fuck PETA."

The throat singer is best known for her collaboration with Björk on her track 'Ancestors' from 2004’s Medulla. The Icelandic superstar reciprocated by contributing to Tagaq's 2005 debut release Sinaa.