Young Fathers, which consists of Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and “G” Hastings, have won the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize. It was given in honor of their first album entitled "Dead," which features the singles “Low” and “Get Up.” The annual Barclaycard Mercury Prize is awarded for the best album from United Kingdom and Ireland. Keep reading to learn more about the British music extravaganza.
The Edinburgh-based members were presented with the award for their record album. They received a bronze statue along with £20,000. It was announced by DJ Nick Grimshaw at the Roundhouse in North London.
"Thank you, we love you, we love you all. The band had been 14-1 outsiders with win the prize,” said Massaquoi in a short and simple acceptance speech.
Hastings added: “We’ll take it in our stride. We always wanted to make something bigger than the city we were living in."
Young Fathers' first album beat 11 other artists and their albums. These includes FKA Twigs ("LP1"), East India Youth ("Total Strife Forever"), Bombay Bicycle Club ("So Long, See You Tomorrow"), Anna Calvi ("One Breath"), GoGo Penguin ("v2.0"), Nick Mulvey ("First Mind"), Jungle ("Jungle"), Damon Albarn ("Everyday Robots"), Polar Bear ("In Each and Every One") and Kate Tempest ("Everybody Down").
The band is described as a “Liberian/Nigerian/Scottish psychedelic hip-hop electro boy band." They gained a name for blending music from their varied milieus. Massaquoi was from Liberia, Bankole has parents who are Nigerians, and Hastings was from Edinburgh.
The 12 nominated artists delivered great performances at the ceremony. The experimental Scottish hip-hop trio has defied the odds and beaten FKA Twigs, who was highly anticipated to win the prize.
“The aim of the Mercury Prize is to try and highlight albums that might have been slightly overlooked. The winner has to reflect a particular year in music but also potentially to have created a classic piece of work that can stand the test of time,” said John Kennedy, a Mercury Prize judge. James Blake was the winner of last year's award.
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