Michael Kiwanuka has won this year’s Mercury Prize for his album KIWANUKA.
Due to the current restrictions on large events, the winner was announced by DJ Annie Mac live on the BBC during an episode of The One Show, in lieu of the usual awards ceremony.
The 12-strong judging panel this year featured artists such as Jorja Smith and Anna Calvi, alongside a number of prominent figures from the worlds of music and journalism. The shortlist, which was tasked with identifying the best British or Irish album from the past year, made history in 2020 with a record number of women — eight out of the 12 nominees were either women, bands fronted by women or bands with a female member.
The full list of artists and albums nominated for the 2020 prize is:
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