Barclaycard Mercury Prize

Last night, Young Fathers were announced as the overall winners of the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Album of the Year for their album ‘Dead’. The announcement was made by Nick Grimshaw at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show, which took place at the Roundhouse in London.

The Barclaycard Mercury Prize champions recorded music through its celebration of the ‘Albums of the Year’. The main objectives of the Mercury Prize are to help introduce new albums from a variety of musical genres to a wider audience and encourage debate and discussion about music

Simon Frith, Chair of Judges said, “Young Fathers have a unique take on urban British music, brimming with ideas – forceful, unexpected and moving.”

Young Fathers
Young Fathers

On collecting the winner’s trophy and cheque for £20,000, Young Fathers said, “Thank you, thank you. We love you all!”

The Awards Show, which will be broadcast in full on Channel 4 at 11.40pm tomorrow night, saw each of the 12 shortlisted artists perform a track from their ‘Albums of the Year’:

Anna Calvi Eliza from One Breath

Bombay Bicycle Club Carry Me from So Long, See You Tomorrow

Damon Albarn Hostiles from Everyday Robots

East India Youth Looking For Someone from Total Strife Forever

FKA twigs Two Weeks from LP1

GoGo Penguin Hopopono from v2.0 

Jungle Busy Earnin’ from Jungle 

Kate Tempest Circles from Everybody Down

Nick Mulvey Cucurucu from First Mind

Polar Bear Be Free from In Each and Every One

Royal Blood Figure It Out from Royal Blood

Young Fathers Get Up from Dead

Many of the artists are also making the recordings of their live performances available to download exclusively from iTunes in order to raise money for War Child –

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