News - September 24, 2020

Michael Kiwanuka wins 2020 Mercury Music Prize
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

Michael Kiwanuka wins 2020 Mercury Music Prize

Michael Kiwanuka has won the 2020 Mercury Music Prize. 

The singer was awarded the £25,000 prize for his third album, simply called KIWANUKA. 

His victory was revealed by Radio 1's Annie Mac live on BBC One's The One Show, after coronavirus restrictions made the annual award ceremony an impossibility. 

Kiwanuka, who also picked up hmv's Album Of The Year for the LP, saw off competition from Laura Marling, Stormzy, Dua Lipa and Kano to take home the award.

The other nominees for the prize were Porridge Radio, Moses Boyd, Charli XCX, Georgia, Lanterns On The Lake, Sports Team and Anna Meredith. 

The judging panel for this year's prize included Anna Calvi, Annie Mac herself, Supergrass's Gaz Coombes, DJ Gemma Cairney, Jamie Cullum and journalist Tshepo Mokoena. 


The shortlist for the 2020 Mercury Music Prize was as follows:

Laura Marling - Song For Our Daughter

Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia

Porridge Radio - Every Bad

Stormzy - Heavy Is The Head

Sports Team - Deep Down Happy

Kano - Hoodies All Summer

Michael Kiwanuka - KIWANUKA - Winner

Moses Boyd - Dark Matter

Anna Meredith - FIBS

Charli XCX - how I'm feeling now

Lanterns On The Lake - Spook The Herd

Georgia - Seeking Thrills


You can check out all the nominated albums here in hmv's online store. 

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