The winner was decided tonight (19th September) at the ceremony at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, with the judging panel including musicians such as Jorja Smith, Stormzy and Gaz Coombes, plus DJs and broadcasters Clara Amfo and Annie Mac.
The judging panel said “’Psychodrama’ is 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. ‘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.”
The full twelve shortlisted Albums of the Year were:
Anna Calvi - Hunter
black midi - Schlagenheim
Cate Le Bon - Reward
Dave - Psychodrama
Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 1
Fontaines DC - 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
Watch Dave’s performance of ‘Psycho’ from the night below.