Canadian singer-songwriter Feist has won the seventh annual Shortlist Music Prize - American's version of the Mercury Prize.
Feist is the second woman to win the prize after Cat Power last year
She won for her album The Reminder, which includes the song 1,2,3,4 used in an Apple iPod advert.
Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody, one of the judges, said: "It's modern and classic all at once. There are so many kinds of beauty in this record."
Feist is also nominated for four Grammy awards, including best new artist.
Founded in 2001, the Shortlist Music Prize recognises critically acclaimed releases in the US that have not broken into the mainstream market.
Feist is the second woman to win the award, after Cat Power was honoured last year.
Other winners include Damien Rice, Sigur Ros and rock band N.E.R.D.