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Rapper thanks jailed brother after prize

British rapper Dave has thanked his brother in jail, after winning the annual Mercury Prize for the best album released in the UK by a British or Irish act.

The London talent said the story of his winning album, Psychodrama, was inspired by the therapy received by his brother, who was jailed for life.

From a shortlist of 12 artists, whose work communicates strong messages on politics, the environment, gender and race, Dave's family reflection was the pick of 2019.

Dave, full name David Omoregie, shared a hug with his mother as he accepted the award, and thanked his sibling.

"I want to thank my brother Christopher. Even though you can't be here with us today, I know you are watching this bro."

Christopher Omoregie was jailed for a knife attack in 2013.

Another contender Slowthai raised eyebrows at the event, bringing an effigy of Boris Johnson's head on stage and declaring "f*** Boris Johnson".

The Mercury Prize carries an award of 25 thousand pounds ($A 46,000).

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