Mercury Prize 2018: Wolf Alice wins for "Visions of a Life"

Alternative rock band Wolf Alice won the Hyundai Mercury award for their album Visions of a life.

This was the second time the band had been nominated after their debut My love is beautiful received a mention in 2015.

Accepting their award singer Ellie Rowsell said: "Thank you so much, this means so much to pick it up with my three best friends".

He added: "I'm so overwhelmed, but it's fantastic."

Asked if the moment meant more than his previous judge status, he said: "I know the dedication it takes to choose (an album) now I know the intensity and frustration involved in that decision."

Bassist Theo Ellis said: "When we started as a band, we entered a meeting and an old man said:" You do not look like a band at all. He also said he did not want to work with women who put on make-up. Big up all those who have been named, this means the world, thank you so much … someone took a Jaeger bomb? "

Earlier this month the band said L & # 39; Independent they cried when they knew they had been selected for the prize a second time.

"Everyone always likes," This is a unique opportunity in life, "Ellis said. "So to make it happen again … It makes us feel like we're an appropriate band."

"It means more [than the first nomination]in a sense, "Rowsell, who was herself a judge for the Mercury Award in the last two years, added," You feel less important when you release your second album, so hope that people are not bored by you. "

The shortlist has been selected from over 200 albums recorded for the prestigious music award, reduced to 12 after months of listening. The award aims to recognize artistic achievements in a wide range of genres. The albums of British and Irish artists with an exit date in the United Kingdom between 22 July 2017 and 20 July 2018 were eligible for this year's award.

Tra gli altri artisti presenti nella rosa di quest'anno del premio Mercury figurano Florence & The Machine, High Flying Birds di Noel Gallagher, Lily Allen, Everything Everything, Novelist e Arctic Monkeys.

Anche se il Premio Mercury spesso si rivela controverso, quest'anno è stato messo sotto accusa per la presenza di un gran numero di atti tradizionali, molti dei quali erano comparsi nella shortlist almeno una volta prima.

Florence & the Machine sono stati nominati per la terza volta con il loro album Alto come speranza. Alex Turner è apparso sulla rosa dei candidati cinque volte, per il suo lavoro sia con Arctic Monkeys che con The Last Shadow Puppets, mentre i gruppi rock Wolf Alice e Everything Everything hanno ottenuto un posto nella short list per la seconda volta.

I premi si sono svolti durante una cerimonia nel teatro Eventim Apollo di Londra ad Hammersmith.

I giudici del premio Mercury di quest'anno erano:

Clara Amfo – conduttrice e DJ

Danielle Perry – giornalista e scrittrice

Ella Eyre – musicista e cantautrice

Harriet Gibsone – vicedirettore, The Guardian Guide

Jamie Cullum – musicista e cantautore

Jeff Smith – capo della musica, 6 Musica e radio 2

Lianne La Havas – musicista e cantautrice

Marcus Mumford – musicista e cantautore

Mike Walsh – capo della musica, Radio X

MistaJam – DJ e broadcaster

Phil Alexander – direttore creativo, Kerrang! / Collaboratore editore, Mojo

Will Hodgkinson – capo critico rock e pop, I tempi

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