Arlo Parks won this year’s Mercury Prize for his album Collapsed In Sunbeams.
parks took prize At the ceremony at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, west London, he packed himself a £25,000 check and the coveted winner’s trophy.
He also sang Too Good from the winning album, and the audience gave him a standing ovation.
After the ceremony, she told Sky News: “I’m trying to find the words – I feel like I’m being asked [how it feels] Today feels very, very incredible, and it’s really special to be recognized in this way, so I feel very blessed.
“It makes me feel like my work is valuable and helping people, especially in the most complex and chaotic times we live in.
“It definitely makes me feel good knowing that I’m helping.”
Having accepted the award on stage before, Parks said to the room: “I am completely speechless. I have no words. I just want to thank my family very much. My parents are somewhere in the room today. .
“I also want to thank my team. This is something that has been achieved through the hard work of many different people. I want to thank Transgressive, Pias, my managers Ally and Sarah.
“It took a lot of sacrifice and hard work to get here, and there were moments when I wasn’t sure I could make it – but I’m here today, thank you very much.”
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Songwriter had a stunning year, won Best new artist at the Brit Awards, and his album competes in worldwide charts.
Room Nominated for the Ivor Novello Award Later in the year for his piece Black Dog.
The panel of judges said, “It was extremely difficult to choose the winner of the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize.
“There were such strong albums with such variety and character. But in the end we decided that Arlo Parks was an extremely worthy winner.
With “Collapsed In Sunbeams”, Arlo Parks has created an album that captures the spirit of the year with a positive, forward-thinking mindset, displaying lyrical wisdom that defies 21 years, addressing complex issues such as mental health and sexuality with real empathy. fashion.
“He has the ability to bring and remind a wider audience of the album’s timeless art. Arlo is an artist who connects deeply with his generation and reflects the plurality of contemporary British life.”
The show was hosted by BBC presenter Lauren Laverne and featured live performances from each of the 12 nominated artists.
Parks join the likes last year’s winner Michael Kiwanuka, Dave and Wolf Alice are on the list of recent winners of the prestigious award.
Kiwanuka joins musician Jamie Cullum, publisher Annie Mac and songwriter Anna Calvi on this year’s judging panel.
British artists’ albums with a UK release date between July 18, 2020 and July 16, 2021 were eligible for the award.