Dave wins the Hyundai Mercury Prize 2019

19 September 2019, 22:17 | Updated: 20 September 2019, 11:42

Dave at the Hyundai Mercury Prize
Dave at the Hyundai Mercury Prize. Picture: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

The winner of the 2019 Mercury Prize has been announced, which celebrates the best in British and Irish records of the year.

Dave has been crowned the winner of the Mercury Prize 2019 for his album Psychodrama.

The London rapper - full name David Orobosa Omoregie - beat out stiff competition from the likes of Foals' Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 1, IDLES' Joy as an Act of Resistance, The 1975's A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships and Anna Calvi's Hunter to take home the gong.

Dave thanked his friends and family, dedicating his award to his brother, who is in prison: “Even though you can’t be here today, I know you’re watching this bro. I’m so grateful.”

Psychodrama was released in March this year and followed two acclaimed EPs - Six Paths and Game Over. The debut album entered the UK charts at Number 1 and the Mercury judges called Psychodrama "The musical equivalent of a literary masterpiece: a conceptual album about Dave’s experience of growing up in South London, structured in the form of a therapy session, which takes a deeply personal story and gives it universal relevance."

Dave performs on stage after winning the Hyundai Mercury Prize 2019
Dave performs on stage after winning the Hyundai Mercury Prize 2019. Picture: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

"Psychodrama is a moving, musically sophisticated work that tackles complex themes of identity, class, relationships and politics and demands total attention from the listener. It will have lasting relevance for a generation and underlines the importance of the album as an art form, making it the perfect winner of the 2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize."

Foals at the Hyundai Mercury Prize 2019
Foals at the Hyundai Mercury Prize 2019. Picture: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

The star-studded awards ceremony, which took place at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on Thursday (19 September) included performances from the winner as well as Anna Calvi, IDLES, The 1975 and Foals, who were joined by former Maccabees guitarist Felix White after their frontman Yannis injured his hand. The band also held up a banner that said "No music on a dead planet"

During his performance, award nominee slowthai punched the air with a dummy mask of Prime Minister Boris Johnson before screaming "f*** Boris" and adding "there's nothing great about Britain".

Watch Foals reveal who they wanted to win the Mercury Prize:

See the full list of nominations for the 2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize Albums of the Year below:

Anna Calvi - Hunter

Black Midi - Schlagenheim

Cate Le Bon - Reward

Dave - Psychodrama - WINNER

Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 1

Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel

IDLES - Joy as an Act of Resistance

Little Simz - Grey Area

NAO - Saturn

SEED Ensemble - Driftglass

slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain

The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships

21 albums that incredibly never won the Mercury Prize

Latest Music News

Hard Fi press 2024 hi res

Richard Archer on Hard-Fi's new music: "We needed to be doing something new that wasn't just a nostalgia act."

Oasis brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher in 1995

Oasis fans speculate after official accounts share cryptic teaser

James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem performing in November 2022.

LCD Soundsystem at All Points East 2024: Line-up, support acts, tickets & more

Arcade Fire, Dua Lipa and Pearl Jam headline NOS Alive 2024

NOS Alive 2024: Dates, headliners, line-up, tickets & more

Oasis and Salford Lads Club

An Oasis exhibition is coming to Salford Lads Club