The London-born artist won for his self-titled third album. The news was revealed in an announcement on the BBC’s The One Show, by BBC Radio One presenter and Mercury Prize judge Annie Mac.
Kiwanuka said: “I don’t even know what to say – I’m speechless. This is amazing…I don’t even have any words. This is ridiculous, it’s crazy! I’m so happy. Third time’s a charm. It’s blown my mind. I’m over the moon, I’m so excited – this is for art, for music, for albums.
“This is the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do so to win a Mercury is a dream come true. I’m so happy. Music and art means so much to me and this is an award that celebrates that so I’m over the moon.”
Kiwanuka won from a shortlist that included pop stars Dua Lipa and Charli XCX, grime stars ...