LONDON (CelebrityAccess) — Alt-hip hop group Young Fathers has been awarded with the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize and a cash award of 20,000 pounds for their album 'Dead'.
The debut album for the Scottish hip-hop duo beat out efforts by Daman Albarn, Nick Mulvey and FKA Twigs among others, to take the prize.
Composed of three members — Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole, and 'G' Hastings — Young Fathers were considered a dark horse to win the prize and before they were announced as nominees, the group had only sold 1,825 copies of 'Dead' according to Britain's Telegraph newspaper.
The Mercury Prize promotes the best of UK and Irish music and the artists who produce it. This is done primarily through the celebration of the 12 ‘Albums of the Year’.
Other artists on the Mercury Prize 'shortlist' for 2014 include:
Anna Calvi – One Breath
Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow
Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
East India Youth – Total Strife Forever
FKA Twigs – LP1
GoGo Penguin – V2.0
Jungle – Jungle
Kate Tempest – Everybody Down
Nick Mulvey – First Mind
Polar Bear – In Each And Every One
Royal Blood – Royal Blood