Michael Kiwanuka has been announced as the overall winner of the 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize for Album of the Year for his album ‘KIWANUKA’. It's an album that The Guardian's Alexis Petridis described as "thought-provoking and full of depth, but a beguilingly easy listen, thanks to the sheer quality of the writing, arrangements and Kiwanuka’s voice".
Kiwanuka won on his third attempt, having been nominated for each of his previous albums: Home Again (2012) and Love & Hate (2016). His winning album, released in November 2019, draws equally from folk and soul in songs of freedom, love, and struggles both personal and collective with one track sampling protests during the 1960s US civil rights movement.
There were twelve nominees for the top prize:
- Anna Meredith — FIBS
- Charli XCX — how i’m feeling now
- Dua Lipa — Future Nostalgia
- Georgia — Seeking Thrills
- Kano — Hoodies All Summer
- Lanterns on the Lake — Spook the Herd
- Laura Marling — Song for Our Daughter
- Michael Kiwanuka — KIWANUKA [WINNER]
- Moses Boyd — Dark Matter
- Porridge Radio — Every Bad
- Sports Team — Deep Down Happy
- Stormzy — Heavy is the Head
More female artists were nominated for the £25,000 prize than in any other previous year, with five solo women and three bands featuring women across the nominees.
More information HERE