The world of music has reacted to Arlo Parks‘ victory at the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize.
In her winner’s speech, Parks said: “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’m here today.”
Earlier in the night, she shared that she used to cycle past the Hammersmith Apollo – where the ceremony took place – on her way to school as a child.
a joy to be burning up the red carpet in @Prada for the Hyundai @MercuryPrize Awards – feel surrounded by so much talent n genuine love for music – this is the venue I used to cycle by on the way to school as a kid… pic.twitter.com/CVDfPZ8TPJ
— Arlo Parks (@arloparks) September 9, 2021
Alfie Templeman was among those congratulating Parks on her victory. “An absolutely incredible artist in every single way. so deserved,” he said.
CONGRATULATIONS ARLO!! An absolutely incredible artist in every single way. so deserved. #mercuryprize
— alfie templeman (@alfietempleman) September 9, 2021
Congratulations @arloparks on your well-deserved #HyundaiMercuryPrize win tonight. It was a honour to be nominated with @floatingpoints and @pharoahsanders1; commiserations to them, but looking forwards… 👍👏👏👏 https://t.co/DSy9Cl3Y8t
— London Symphony Orch (@londonsymphony) September 9, 2021
Independent Venue Week, for whom Parks served as an ambassador for this year’s edition, offered her “the hugest congratulations,” describing ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’ as “an absolutely gorgeous album,” while musician and producer David Wrench, who mixed the record, said it was “an honour” to have worked on it.
The hugest congratulations to our fantastic #IVW21 Ambassador @arloparks on her @MercuryPrize win this evening. We are over the moon for her, Collapsed in Sunbeams is an absolutely gorgeous album ❤ https://t.co/5ayIubYs9c
— Independent Venue Week (@IVW_UK) September 9, 2021
— david wrench (@davidwrench) September 9, 2021
Absolutely massive congratulations to @arloparks for winning The Mercury Prize.
You have soundtracked our early mornings, our walks to work and you’ve brought so much joy & hope to the world this year.
We can’t wait to celebrate with you on Thursday!
— GORILLA (@thisisgorilla) September 9, 2021
Massive congratulations to Arlo Parks. Collapsed In Sunbeams is an amazing album and I highly recommend it to everyone https://t.co/N3wjDexp1m
— My Name Is James (@_JamesGtfo) September 9, 2021
— Green Man (@GreenManFest) September 9, 2021
Never in doubt. Remarkable album, remarkable artist, remarkable achievement.
— Harrison Twinn.wav (@Harrison_Twinn) September 9, 2021
One of the prize judges Annie Macmanus said on behalf of the panel: “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.
“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.”