Mercury Music Prize 2021: Arlo Parks crowned overall winner

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Arlo Parks

Arlo Parks attended the awards in London on Thursday night (Picture: Getty)

Arlo Parks has been named the winner of the 2021 Mercury Music Prize for her album Collapsed In Sunbeams.

The singer collected the winner’s trophy and a cheque for £25,000, before performing the song Too Good from her critically accalimed winning record.

She received a standing ovation from the captivaged audience.

The awards took place on Thursday night and was hosted by Lauren Laverne. Guest presenter Annie Mac, who stepped down from her Radio 1 show this year, announced the overall winner on behalf of the judging panel.

The panel said it had been ‘extremely difficult’ to choose this year’s recipient.

‘There were so many strong albums, of such diversity and character. But in the end we decided that Arlo Parks was an extremely worthy winner,’ it went on in a statement.

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‘Addressing such complex issues as mental health and sexuality with real empathy, displaying a lyrical wisdom that belied her 21 years, with Collapsed In Sunbeams Arlo Parks has created an album that has captured the spirit of the year in a positive, forward thinking fashion.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY IN RELATION TO EVENT) Arlo Parks attends the Hyundai Mercury Music Prize 2021 at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on September 09, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by JMEnternational/Getty Images)

The win rounds off a great year for the singer (Picture: Getty)

‘It has the ability to reach out and remind a wider audience of the timeless art of the album. Arlo is an artist who connects deeply with her generation and reflects the plurality of contemporary British life.’

The Mercury Prize recognises the best of UK and Irish music and its artists. It celebrates the best 12 albums of the year that have been shortlisted across a range of music genres.

Music genres represented can vary from year to year as the awards introduce new album releases to a wider audience while highlighting artists’ achievements over the year.

Out of the 12 albums shortlisted, one overall winner is announced.

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