Dave Wins the Best Album of the Year at Hyundai Mercury Prize 2019

Dave Wins the Best Album of the Year at Hyundai Mercury Prize 2019

This year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize, celebrating the best album by a British or Irish artist over the last 12 months, and is chosen by a panel of British music critics and industry professionals.

 

South London rapper Dave with his debut album “Psychodrama” has been won the award with a total prize of £25,000 (Rp 388 million).

 

BBC reported the album is an extraordinary debut, framed as excerpts from a year-long course of therapy and tackling issues of grief, racial identity, domestic abuse and depression. Psychodrama beat albums by black midi, Foals, Nao, Little Simz, and others, and joins the likes of other rap winners, including Dizzee Rascal’s Boy in Da Corner and Skepta’s Konnichiwa.

 

Accepting the award, Dave invited his mother up on stage and paid tribute to his brother, who is currently in prison, for inspiring the album.

 

“I want to thank everyone that made this happen. I want to thank all of the exceptional musicians that came to perform tonight,” he said. “I did not expect this. You guys, I respect you all so highly. I want to thank God, Megan, my mama, my family, my friends, everyone else here. I want to thank my brother Christopher that inspire this album. This is your story that we told. I’m so grateful guys thank you so much.”

 

 

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