The mercury award for the best album was received by the British alternative rock group Wolf Alice for its second studio product Visions of a Life. The competition won strong competition, and was won by both Arctic Monkeys and Noel Gallagher and Lily Allen.
Ellie Rowsell, the 26-year-old singer of the four-member group from North London, who was nominated for the debut album My for the mercury award, said: “It’s huge to me that I can take the prize with my three best friends”.
Among the past recipients of the mercury awards are among other Primal Scream, Franz Ferdinand and The XX, and PJ Harvey musician and rapper Skept. For the first time in six years, the mercury prize was won by a rock band.
After receiving the award, Wolf Alice played a track from the winning Do not Delete the Kisses album. The award ceremony in London was also marked by appearances by Florence + The Machine, Sons of Kemet, Lily Allen and Nadine Shah.
According to the BBC, the latter stole attention with his emotional performance of the Out The Way song from the Holiday Destination album, which was also nominated, with a singer of Pakistani and Norwegian roots giving his experience immigrants and the UK’s attitude towards refugees.