Young Fathers Win 2014 Mercury Prize

For many Americans, this year’s Mercury Prize nominees comprised a whole lotta “Who the heck is that?” I mean: GoGo Penguin? East India Youth? Polar Bear? Did any of those records even get a Stateside release? Yeah there were a few familiar names on that shortlist — FKA Twigs, Damon Albarn, Anna Calvi … Bombay Bicycle Club, I guess — but then you’ve got Nick Mulvey, Kate Tempest … Seriously, who the heck are those people? Yes, they’re accomplished musicians, of course, but besides that! Anyway, the winner of this year’s Mercury Prize Album Of The Year is Scottish hip-hop group Young Fathers, who take home the gold for their album Dead. I can honestly say I have never heard a Young Fathers song (not proud of this cultural ignorance, btw, just being honest with you guys). I guess that will change now! Young Fathers follow James Blake and Alt-J, who won the award in 2013 and 2012, respectively. Congrats! Here’s the list of nominees who did not win:

Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow
Anna Calvi – One Breath
East India Youth – Total Strife Forever
FKA twigs – LP1
GoGo Penguin – v2.0
Jungle – Jungle
Nick Mulvey – First Mind
Polar Bear – Each And Every One
Royal Blood – Royal Blood
Kate Tempest – Everybody Down