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Michael Kiwanuka Wins Mercury Prize 2020 For 'Kiwanuka'

Thursday, 24 September 2020 Written by Laura Johnson

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Michael Kiwanuka has won the Mercury Prize 2020 for his third album, ‘Kiwanuka'.

Released in November 2019 through Polydor and Interscope, he fought off competition from Anna Meredith, Charli XCX, Dua Lipa, Georgia, Kano, Lanterns On The Lake, Laura Marling, Moses Boyd, Porridge Radio, Sports Team and Stormzy to succeed last year’s winner, Dave, who took home the gong for his debut album, ‘Psychodrama’.

The winner was initially due to be announced on September 10 at the Eventim Apollo in London, with BBC Music providing live TV and radio coverage. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it was revealed on the BBC’s The One Show. 

The judges for the 2020 edition were Anna Calvi, Annie Mac, Danielle Perry, Gaz Coombes, Gemma Cairney, Jamie Cullum, panel chair Jeff Smith, Jorja Smith, Mike Walsh, Phil Alexander, Tshepo Mokoena, and Will Hodgkinson. Due to COVID-19, the deliberations were conducted via Zoom a day before the announcement, instead of on the day with all the judges in the same room.

Catch Kiwanuka on his rescheduled UK and Ireland tour in 2021. Head below for details.

Michael Kiwanuka Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Fri March 26 2021 - GLASGOW O2 Academy Glasgow
Sat March 27 2021 - HULL Bonus Arena
Mon March 29 2021 - MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Tue March 30 2021 - BLACKPOOL Empress Ballroom
Thu April 01 2021 - LEICESTER De Montfort Hall
Fri April 02 2021 - PLYMOUTH Plymouth Pavilions
Sat April 03 2021 - BRIGHTON Centre
Mon April 05 2021 - LEEDS O2 Academy Leeds
Tue April 06 2021 - LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Mon June 28 2021 - DUBLIN Trinity College
Mon August 09 2021 - EDINBURGH Princes Street Gardens
Wed September 15 2021 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 Academy Newcastle
Thu September 16 2021 - CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
Fri September 17 2021 - LONDON Alexandra Palace

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