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Rappers Young Fathers win Britain’s Mercury Prize

October 29, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Hip-hop trio Young Fathers have won Britain’s profile-boosting Mercury Prize for the album “Dead.”

The Edinburgh-based group was awarded the 20,000 pound ($32,000) prize Wednesday for what judges called an “ominous and exciting” mix of pop, rap, rhythms and rhymes.

Band member Alloysious Massaquoi told the audience, “we love you all” as he accepted the prize during a ceremony at London’s Roundhouse.

Established in 1992 and open to acts from Britain and Ireland, the Mercury Prize often favors the eclectic and obscure over better-known performers.

Bookmakers had ranked Young Fathers as one of the longshots among 12 nominees who included former Blur frontman Damon Albarn, London band Bombay Bicycle Club, singer-songwriter FKA Twigs, duo Royal Blood and rap poet Kate Tempest.

Previous winners include Arctic Monkeys, Elbow and Alt-J.

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