Michael Kiwanuka Wins 2020 Mercury Prize for KIWANUKA - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

Michael Kiwanuka, who released his eponymous third studio album KIWANUKA in November 2019, has won the 2020 Mercury Prize. Other nominees for the British award included Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, Moses Boyd, Stormzy, Laura Marling, Porridge Radio, Spofrts Team, Kano, Anna Meredith, Georgia, and Lanterns on the Lake.

Judges for the prestigious prize described KIWANUKA as “not only a complete work, but also one that is borne of the courage of its creator to build his own world and invite us in. Warm, rich, hugely accomplished and belonging to no one genre but its own, KIWANUKA is a masterpiece.”

“This is the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do so to win a Mercury is a dream come true. I’m so happy,” Kiwanuka said of the win. “Music and art means so much to me and this is an award that celebrates that so I’m over the moon.”

Listen to Michael Kiwanuka’s KIWANUKA below.

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