Michael Kiwanuka wins the Hyundai Mercury Prize 2020

Michael Kiwanuka wins the Hyundai Mercury Prize 2020

Michael Kiwanuka has won the Hyundai Mercury Prize 2020 for his album ‘KIWANUKA’.

The most coveted prize in British and Irish music was awarded in a live streamed ceremony on the The One Show on BBC 1 tonight (September 24) by Radio 1’s Annie Mac.

He will collect the winner’s trophy and cheque for £25,000.

Footage was also shown of him being informed of the award by Mac ahead of the programme: “I don’t know what to say I’m speechless. This is amazing. It’s ridiculous. It’s crazy,” he said.

He beat off competition from the other 11 nominees Sports TeamGeorgiaCharli XCXPorridge RadioDua LipaStormzyAnna MeredithKanoLanterns On The LakeLaura Marling and Moses Boyd.

Speaking ahead of the winning album, Mac said: “Normally on the night, usually we are in a room and the judges are trying to figure out who is going to win. This time we had to do it a day early and of course we had to do it on Zoom. So I’ve had to keep it [the winner] a secret for 24 hours.”