Arlo Parks has won the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize. Her debut album Collapsed in Sunbeams was named the best British album of the year, winning over shortlisted records by Wolf Alice, SAULT, Nubya Garcia, Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders, Mogwai, and more.
Accepting the award from Annie Mac, the London-based singer-songwriter – who became the first Mercury Prize winner to be born in the 21st century – said: “It took a lot of sacrifice and hard work to get here and there were moments where I wasn’t sure I would make it through, but I’m here. Thank you very much.”
Last year’s winner was Michael Kiwanuka, who was also part of this year’s judging panel.
And the winner of the 2021 #HyundaiMercuryPrize is… @arloparks – 'Collapsed in Sunbeams'! 💫 🏆 pic.twitter.com/qEmO5SxqHC
— Mercury Prize (@MercuryPrize) September 9, 2021