Young Fathers take 2014 Mercury Prize

Scottish hip-hoppers Young Fathers have won the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for their debut album Dead.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 30 Oct 2014
  • min read
The announcement was made by Nick Grimshaw at the Mercury Prize Awards Show, which took place at the Roundhouse in London last night (Wednesday).

Simon Frith, chair of judges said: ‘Young Fathers have a unique take on urban British music, brimming with ideas – forceful, unexpected and moving.’

On collecting the winner’s trophy and cheque for £20,000, the trio said: ‘Thank you, thank you. We love you all!’

Young Fathers were one of seven new acts nominated for the prize this year, alongside FKA Twigs, Jungle and Royal Blood.

Read our interview with Young Fathers after their win last night.

The full shortlist:
Anna Calvi Eliza from One Breath
Bombay Bicycle Club Carry Me from So Long, See You Tomorrow
Damon Albarn Hostiles from Everyday Robots
East India Youth Looking For Someone from Total Strife Forever
FKA twigs Two Weeks from LP1
GoGo Penguin Hopopono from v2.0
Jungle Busy Earnin’ from Jungle
Kate Tempest Circles from Everybody Down
Nick Mulvey Cucurucu from First Mind
Polar Bear Be Free from In Each and Every One
Royal Blood Figure It Out from Royal Blood
Young Fathers Get Up from Dead