It was a case of third time lucky for Michael Kiwanuka who has won the 2020 Mercury Prize for his self-titled third album. 

The singer-songwriter has taken home the award on his third attempt, having been nominated for each of his previous albums: 2012's Home Again and 2016's Love & Hate.

The 33-year-old's latest album, titled Kiwanuka, reached number two in the charts after it was released in November 2019 to rave reviews.

Kiwanuka beat best-sellers like Dua Lipa's Future Nostalgia and Stormzy's Heavy Is The Head to win the £25,000 prize.

"It's blown my mind," said the singer. "Music is all I've ever wanted to do, so I'm over the moon."

"I was kind of resigned to the fact [that] if I don't win one this year, probably I'll never win one," he told BBC 6 Music.

The Mercury Prize is usually handed out during a concert-style event featuring performances from all 12 nominees.



Laura Marling, Kano, Lanterns On The Lake, Moses Boyd, Porridge Radio, Sports Team, Georgia, Charli XCX and Anna Meredith were also up for the award.

While Kiwanuka's latest soul-inflected album failed to top the UK charts, his 2016 release Love & Hate was a number one.

This year's Mercury Prize was overseen by a panel of judges including Anna Calvi, Annie Mac, Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes, Jamie Cullum, Jorja Smith and Vice.com's editorial director Tshepo Mokoena.

Last year's Mercury Prize was won by rapper Dave for his album Psychodrama.

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