Wolf Alice have won the Hyundai Mercury Music Prize.
The band took home the prize for their album ‘Visions Of A Life’, making it second time lucky for the band who also received a nomination for their 2015 debut ‘My Love Is Cool’.
Announced earlier this evening (20th September) at the Hammersmith Apollo ceremony, they beat out the likes of favourite Nadine Shah, Arctic Monkeys and Lily Allen to the award, which acknowledges the outstanding British album of the year.
Speaking to Dork about the nomination before the ceremony, the band’s Ellie Rowsell said: “The first time around, it sounds like I’m lying, but I didn’t know anything about the industry. I guess I knew what the Mercury Prize was, but not really. But now, I know the industry. I have more grasp of what it means, so it was much more ‘oh my god’. I didn’t think it was going to happen. Also, we had it once, so I wanted it again.”
The judging panel said: “From an incredibly broad list of remarkable music, Wolf Alice emerged as the overall winner due to their ability to deliver an album that combines the epic and intimate in equal measure. It is a journey of a record – with euphoric festival anthems and moments of subtle beauty – it is an album articulated with confidence and adventure. For them, the world awaits!”.
The full list of nominees read:
Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
Everything Everything – A Fever Dream
Everything is Recorded – Everything is Recorded
Florence + The Machine – High As Hope
Jorja Smith – Lost & Found
King Krule – The Ooz
Lily Allen – No Shame
Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built The Moon?
Novelist – Novelist Guy
Sons of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile
Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life