Published: Fri, September 20, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Dave thanks mother and brother for Mercury Prize win

Dave thanks mother and brother for Mercury Prize win

Tyron Frampton, better known by his stage name "slowthai" screamed "f*** Boris" before his Mercury Prize performance and the audience responded with rapturous applause.

While it was south London Rapper Dave who won the annual prize for his album Psychodrama, it was the likes of slowthai and Idles who put in the most memorable performances on the night.

Judges said that his album Psychodrama was "the boldest and best British rap album in a generation". Other shortlisted acts include Little Simz, Anna Calvi, and The 1975.

Accepting the award, he invited his mum onstage and gave her a huge hug, before thanking his fellow nominees, friends and family, explaining his winning album chronicled the struggles of his incarcerated brother, Christopher, who was jailed for his involvement in a murder.

Annie Mac, one of the 2019 Mercury Judges, praised the album for its remarkable musicianship and Dave's "true artistry, courage and honesty". "I know you're watching this bro and I'm so grateful".

"It's the biggest compliment, it is the biggest compliment, and this is an award that is all about the music".

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Bringing his mum on stage, Dave dedicated the award to his loved ones, particularly his older brother Christopher, who is now serving a lifetime prison sentence.

The 21-year-old's music is as thoughtful and introspective as his lyrics, dusted with melancholy piano chords and textured beats that set it apart from the grime scene he rose up through.

The award-nominated artist held a mask of the prime minister Boris Johnson aloft as he took to the stage and addressed the crowd at the Eventim Apollo in London.

Complimenting Dave's victory, this year's Mercury Prize ceremony had a chaotic urgency that has been missing from award shows since the heyday of Britpop.

Rock act Wolf Alice claimed the prize in 2018 for their album Visions Of A Life.

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