Dave wins the 2019 Mercury Music Prize

The rapper's Number 1 debut album Psychodrama is the 28th recipient of the prestigious award.

Dave has taken home the winners’ trophy at the Mercury Music Prize 2019 with his debut album Psychodrama.

The South London rapper was announced as the winner at the ceremony on September 20, hosted by Lauren Laverne at London’s Eventim Apollo. Other shortlisted acts include Little Simz, Anna Calvi, and The 1975.

"I want to firstly thank God. I want to invite my mum up onto stage" Dave said as he accepted the award, which he dedicated to his brother Christopher, "I want to thank everyone that made this happen, I want to thank all of the exceptional musicians who performed tonight... I respect you all so highly.”

Psychodrama debuted at Number 1 on its release, with the biggest week 1 streams for a British rap album, and winning an incredibly close battle for the top with Foals' Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Pt. 1, which was also shortlisted for this year's Prize.

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The evening saw performances from eleven of twelve nominees including Slowthai, Fontaines D.C. and NAO - The 1975 were unable to perform live at the event as they are in the middle of their world tour, contributing a filmed live performance from their Reading Festival headline set instead.

See the full 2019 Mercury Prize shortlist here.

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