There was disappointment for Irish band Fontaines D.C. at Thursday night's Mercury Music Prize after London rapper Dave won the prestigious award for his debut album Psychodrama.
Accepting the award, 21-year-old David Orobosa Omoregie said: "I don’t know what to say. I want to firstly thank God. I want to invite my mum up onto stage
"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."
He also thanked his mother, his family, and friends and also paid tribute to his brother, Christopher, who is currently in prison, and features on a phone call at the end of Psychodrama.
Speaking of his brother, he added: "Even though you can’t be here today, I know you’re watching this bro. I’m so grateful."
Dave released his debut EP Six Paths in 2016 after the release of a number of successful singles including Thiago Silva.
He followed early success with his second EP Game Over in 2017, with its lead single No Words, which peaked in the top 20 on the UK Singles Chart. He later released Funky Friday, featuring British rapper Fredo in 2018 which debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming his first number-one single.
Psychodrama debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and went on to be certified Gold. As well as his Mercury victory, Dave has also won an Ivor Novello Award.
Speaking about the win, DJ Annie Mac said, "What a privilege it is to be in this room... what an exceptional list... The winning album showed remarkable levels of musicianship, artistry, courage and honesty."
Fontaines D.C. were among the 12 nominees for their acclaimed debut album Dogrel, along with The 1975 for A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, Idles for Joy As An Act Of Resistance, Anna Calvi for Hunter, Little Simz for Grey Area, Foals for Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 1, Slowthai for Nothing Great About Britain, Black Midi for Schlagenheim, Cate Le Bon for Reward, Nao for Saturn, and Seed Ensemble for Driftglass.
Earlier in the evening Mercury Prize nominee slowthai caused controversy when he came on stage at the awards ceremony and proclaimed "F*** Boris", before performing.
The rapper held a mask of the British prime minister aloft as he shouted the words to the audience gathered at the Eventim Apollo in London.
Stripping down the the waist, he said: "F*** Boris Johnson. F*** everything", and received rapturous applause from the audience.
Awards host Lauren Laverne said afterwards: "slowthai, with his own views there."
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