Edinburgh trio Young Fathers are surprise winners at the 2014 Mercury Prize for Album of the Year, but play down any excitement at winning the award. Holly Rubenstein reports
Edinburgh trio Young Fathers were surprise winners at the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize on Wednesday for their debut album 'Dead'. The alternative hip-hop group beat eleven others to take home the 20,000 pound cash prize at London's Roundhouse. However, at the red carpet prior to the award ceremony, the group didn't seem particularly interested in their nomination. SOUNDBITE Vocalist from Young Fathers, Alloysious Massaquoi, saying (English): "Are we meant to be all giddy and, you know, jumping about the place for an award? Is that the pinnacle of our careers? Is that we want to do? Is that what you're saying?" Then, after winning the coveted award which usually sees record sales soar, they seemed a little bit more enthusiastic. SOUNDBITE Vocalist from Young Fathers, Alloysious Massaquoi, saying (English): "It's great that, you know, more people are going to hear our music. You've seen here that's what we've always wanted. We're very ambitious guys and that's the main thing, so yeah, yeah, it's good, it's good." They beat bookies' favourites to win alternative R&B singer FKA Twigs and poet and rapper Kate Tempest. The prize which is in its 23rd year was selected by a panel of music industry experts and musicians as the best of the year from British or Irish artists.