Arlo Parks was on the shortlist with the likes of Wolf Alice, Celeste and Sault.
Arlo Parks picked up the 2021 Mercury Prize last night for her debut album Collapsed In Sunbeams.
It proved to be one of the more predictable of Mercury ceremonies, Parks always giving off the air of being clear favourite and described ultimately as a ‘worthy winner’ by panel judge Annie MacManus.
“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,” she said.
“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.”