Arlo Parks wins this year’s Mercury Prize with album Collapsed in Sunbeams

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Arlo Parks has won this year's Mercury Prize, with their album Collapsed in Sunbeams

Parks picked up the award at the ceremony at the Hammersmith Apollo in west London, bagging herself a cheque for £25,000 as well as the coveted winner's trophy.

She also performed a track from the winning album Too Good, with the audience giving her a standing ovation.

The judging panel said: "It was extremely difficult to choose a winner of the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize.

"There were so many strong albums, of such diversity and character. But in the end we decided that Arlo Parks was an extremely worthy winner.

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"Addressing such complex issues as mental health and sexuality with real empathy, displaying a lyrical wisdom that belied her 21 years, with 'Collapsed In Sunbeams' Arlo Parks has created an album that has captured the spirit of the year in a positive, forward thinking fashion.

"It has the ability to reach out and remind a wider audience of the timeless art of the album. Arlo is an artist who connects deeply with her generation and reflects the plurality of contemporary British life."

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