Scottish hip-hop group Young Fathers has won this year’s Mercury Prize for Dead. The annual award honors the best album from the UK and Ireland as voted on by a panel of musicians, executives, journalists, and other industry figures.
Young Fathers beat out the likes of Damon Albarn’s Everyday Robots, Bombay Bicycle Club’s So Long, See You Tomorrow, Jungle’s Jungle, and Anna Calvi’s One Breath. Prior to tonight’s announcement, FKA twigs’LP1 was a 2:1 frontrunner, according to BBC News. Kate Tempest’s Everybody Down was also considered a favorite.
In addition to bragging rights, the group will receive a handsome £20,000 in cash.
Listen to Dead below via Spotify.
Last year, James Blake took home the award for Overgrown. Other past recipients include Alt-J, The xx, Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, PJ Harvey, Portishead, Primal Scream, Badly Drawn Boy, and Antony and the Johnsons.
Mercury Prize 2014 Nominees
Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
FKA twigs – LP1
Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow
Jungle – Jungle
Royal Blood – Royal Blood
East India Youth – Total Strife Forever
Anna Calvi – One Breath
Kate Tempest – Everybody Down
Nick Mulvey – First Mind
Polar Bear – In Each and Every One
Young Fathers – Dead
Go Go Pengiun – v2.0