Mercury prize 2018: Wolf Alice win, plus the rest of the ceremony as it happened

Nadine Shah and Sons of Kemet were the hottest tips, but Wolf Alice ended up winning. Follow all the action from the red carpet and ceremony here

Massive kudos, then, to Wolf Alice. But before we go it’s worth pondering what the point of the prize even is. As Jude Rogers noted in these pages recently, there were seven Top 10 albums on the shortlist and six artists who have been nominated before – if the prize is designed to “help introduce new albums from a range of music genres to a wider audience”, is is simply not fulfilling that remit well enough. She argued as much on Radio 4’s Today programme this morning too.

So the bookies were foiled yet again – none of the top three favourites won. Instead, the judges went for a band who prove they have really universal appeal: soulful, romantic, angry, laconic, they have ended up in the playlists and record collections of a really wide set of music lovers. You only need to see the almost religious fervour of their millennial fans at gigs – who, like them, have the radical anti-tribalism of having grown up with access to any and all music – to acknowledge how powerful they can be.

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