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Kelly Lee Owens Wins Welsh Music Prize 2021 For 'Inner Song'

Tuesday, 23 November 2021 Written by Laura Johnson

Kelly Lee Owens has won the Welsh Music Prize for 'Inner Song'.

The Welsh vocalist and producer saw off competition from Gruff Rhys, The Anchoress, Afro Cluster, Carwyn Ellis and Rio 18, Datblygu, El Goodo, Gwenifer Raymond, Kelly Lee Owens, Mace The Great, Novo Amor, Private World and Pys Melyn to succeed last year’s winner, Deyah, who took home the gong for 'Care City'.

Returning for its 11th year with a shortlist of 12 albums, the award recognises the best in creativity from the burgeoning Welsh music scene, as well as music made by Welsh people around the world. 

The winner was announced during a ceremony at The Gate in Cardiff this evening (November 23). Owens said:

“It feels amazing. As a Welsh artist to be recognised by your country, ultimately for me, is the greatest honour. I’m so passionate about Wales and I want everyone to know where I’m from.   

“I remember last time when I was nominated, my nana Jeanette came down and since then she has passed away and she’d be so thrilled, I’m sorry I’m emotional - but she’s on the album and she’d be so chuffed. Thank you so much."

Datblygu — whose lead vocalist David R. Edwards died earlier this year — received the Welsh Music Inspiration Award for their influence on Welsh-language music and the alternative music scene. Alice Low, Juice Menace and Melin Melyn took home the Triskel Award, which celebrates and supports three emerging artists that offer a bright future for music in Wales.  

Owens is currently touring the UK, with shows left in Leeds, Birmingham, Cardiff, Brighton, Manchester and London. Tickets are on sale.

Kelly Lee Owens Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Tue November 23 2021 - LEEDS Brudenell Community Room
Wed November 24 2021 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute2 Birmingham
Thu November 25 2021 - CARDIFF Y PLAS
Sat November 27 2021 - BRIGHTON Arch
Tue November 30 2021 - MANCHESTER O2 Ritz
Wed December 01 2021 - LONDON Electric Brixton
Thu December 02 2021 - LONDON EartH (Hall)

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