Arlo Parks has won this year’s Mercury Prize, with her album Collapsed In Sunbeams
She also performed track Too Good from the winning album, with the audience giving her a standing ovation.
Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player
After the ceremony she told Sky News: “I’m trying to find the words – I feel like I’m being asked [how it feels] a lot today, but it feels incredible and to be recognised in this way is really, truly special, so I feel very blessed.
“It makes me feel like the work that I did during that period of time was of value and helped people, especially in some of the most kind of confusing and chaotic times that we’ve had.
“It definitely makes me feel good to know that I’m helping.”
Accepting the award on stage earlier, Parks told the room: “I am completely speechless. I don’t have the words. I just want to say a big thank you to my family. My mum and my dad are somewhere in the room today.
More on Arlo Parks
“I want to thank my team as well. This is something that came with a lot of hard work from a lot of different people. I want to thank Transgressive, Pias, my managers Ally and Sarah.
“It took a lot of sacrifice and hard work to get here and there were moments where I wasn’t sure whether I would make it through – but I am here today so thank you very much.”
The songwriter has had a stunning year, winning best new artist at the Brit Awards , as well as her album racing up charts around the world.
She is also up for an Ivor Novello Award for her track Black Dog later in the year.
The judging panel said: “It was extremely difficult to choose a winner of the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize.
“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.
“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.
“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 show was hosted by BBC presenter Lauren Laverne, and saw live performances from each of the 12 nominated artists.
Parks joins the likes of last year’s winner Michael Kiwanuka , Dave and Wolf Alice on the list of recent winners of the prestigious award.
Kiwanuka joined musician Jamie Cullum, broadcaster Annie Mac and songwriter Anna Calvi on the this year’s judging panel.
Albums by British artists with a UK release date between 18 July 2020 and 16 July 2021 were eligible for the prize.
- The Best Albums of January 2021: Maluma, Weezer and More
- Kim Kardashian's childhood nanny says the reality star's late father Robert would have supported her plans to divorce Kanye West
- Let's put up a statue to Captain Tom: Matt Hancock says war hero has a 'place in history' and should be permanently honoured for £33m NHS fundraising efforts amid calls Trafalgar Square monument
- Sundance Film Festival 2021: Highlights from the comfort of your living room
- Lori Vallow's brother called 'doomsday leader' Chad Daybell for a BLESSING on the day he died - as unearthed footage shows him joking that attacking her third husband 'was the right thing to do'
- Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry lead the tributes to Cicely Tyson as pioneering Oscar-winning actress dies aged 96 - two days after Gayle King interview
- 2021 Sundance FIlm Festival’s Best Movies: From ‘CODA’ to Sharks to Rita Moreno
- Best photo book service online 2021
- The Best Movies We Saw at Sundance 2021
- Introducing our 10 best debut novelists of 2021
- The best podcasts of 2021
- Rawalpindi pressure on South Africa as Pakistan eye series win
- Best board games 2021: For adults, families, two players, and more
- Pooh Shiesty Spends Another Week Atop Apple Music Pre-Add Chart
- 'He touched everybody's life so beautifully': Michael Ball and Louise Minchin break down on BBC Breakfast as Captain Tom's version of You'll Never Walk Alone is played on show
- Queen personally honours passing of Captain Sir Tom Moore aged 100: War hero who won nation's hearts by walking around his garden to raise £33million for the NHS has died after Covid battle as Boris Johnson pays tribute to 'beacon of hope'
- What to watch: Your ultimate guide to the best TV shows to watch in lockdown 3.0
- Introducing Sparks: The Inside Story Of Edgar Wright’s Doc On The Enigmatic Mael Brothers
- Comic books' crazy 1996 revisited: a wedding, a bankruptcy, a DC-Marvel crossover, more
- Songwriters Roundtable: Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Janelle Monáe, Leslie Odom Jr. and Justin Timberlake Talk Politics, Pandemic and Keeping Hope Alive
Arlo Parks says she feels 'very blessed' after winning 2021 Mercury Prize with album Collapsed In Sunbeams have 920 words, post on news.sky.com at September 9, 2021. This is cached page on Europe Breaking News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.