Dave wins 2019's Mercury Music Prize
British rapper Dave has been named this year's winner of the Mercury Music Prize, fighting off competition from a strong field of contenders which included Slowthai, Idles, Little Simz and Black Midi.
Slowthai had been the favourite with most bookies in the run-up to this year's award ceremony and will certainly get his share of the headlines after ending his performance by brandishing a model of Boris Johnson's severed head, waving it at the crowd as he encourage chants of “F*** Boris”.
For obvious reasons, his was one of the night's most memorable performances, but there were also blistering sets from Idles and Black Midi, whose guitarist's on-stage gymnastics evidently impressed the crowd more than the judges.
Foals were joined onstage by Maccabees guitarist Felix White, the result of an injury to frontman Yannis Philippakis' hand prior to the event, while The 1975, who were also on this year's list of nominees, opted to avoid the awards ceremony altogether.
In the end, though, it was Dave who won over the judges with his latest album Psychodrama, triumphing over both the bookies favourite Slowthai and Little Simz, who had been favourite with many critics to take home this year's prize.
Dave took to the stage to dedicate the award to his mum, who joined him for his acceptance speech, and his older brother, who was incarcerated earlier this year. The rapper confessed himself “lost for words” but still pid tribute to the “exceptional musicians” who had worked with him on Psychodrama.