Arlo Parks wins 2021 Mercury Prize after Dua Lipa throws support behind London singer

By Susan Knox

Arlo Parks has been named the winner of the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize for her album stunning album, Collapsed In Sunbeams.

The west London-raised singer, 21, beat off competition from other hugely successful artists including Wolf Alice, Celeste and Mogwai.

Arlo already has huge celebrity fans including the likes of Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift who have thrown their support behind the talented singer since the beginning of her music career.

Chart-topping history maker Dua even covered Arlo's track Eugene in her latest Live Lounge session.

And tonight, Arlo's dreams came true when she accepted the award for her stunning contribition to the UK music industry.

Accepting the award on stage, Arlo gushed: “I am completely speechless.

Arlo Parks has been named the winner of the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

“I don’t have the words. I just want to say a big thank you to my family.

“My mum and my dad are somewhere in the room today.”

After thanking her manager and record label, Arlo went on to share some poignant words of wisdom following her win.

Arlo shared some poignant words of wisdom following her win (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Dua covered Arlo's song in her Live Lounge session (Instagram)

The talented musician spoke about the tough times she has endured in her young adult life on her path to success.

She went on to say that she’s so grateful that she was able to overcome them to be on the stage tonight.

Arlo shared: “It took a lot of sacrifice and hard work to get here and there were moments where I wasn’t sure whether I would make it through – but I am here today so thank you very much.”

Arlo performed at the ceremony (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

The 12 shortlisted artists also included grime star Ghetts, jazz saxophonist Nubya Garcia, electronic composer Hannah Peel and rapper Berwyn.

The awards ceremony was hosted by radio DJ Lauren Laverne at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith.

Last year’s Mercury Prize was won by Michael Kiwanuka with his third album Kiwanuka.

The singer beat off competition from some of the biggest names in the music industry including Stormzy, Laura Marling and Dua Lipa.

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