Electronic musician and producer Kelly Lee Owens has won the top accolade at this year’s Welsh Music Prize for her album Inner Song.
A panel of music industry experts selected the winner from a shortlist of 12 albums from artists around Wales.
The 33-year-old, from Bagillt, Flintshire, was not at the event due to being on tour.
But she was “over the moon” when accepting the prize from radio presenter Huw Stephens via Zoom.
“It feels incredible,” she said. “Being recognised by your country as a Welsh artist is, ultimately, the greatest honour for me.” I’m very proud of my Welsh heritage, and I want everyone to know where I’m from.”
The awards, which were founded by Stephens and music consultant John Rostron, returned in-person for the 11th ceremony, which was held in Cardiff.
It featured a performance by Juice Menace in front of a select group of guests.
“We are overjoyed for Kelly Lee Owens,” Stephens said. This album astounded all of the judges. Kelly Lee Owens has received widespread critical acclaim for her work on this album, and we are delighted that she has been named the 2021 Welsh Music Prize winner.”
Afro Cluster, The Anchoress, Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18, Datblygu, El Goodo, Gruff Rhys, Gwenifer Raymond, Kelly Lee Owens, Mace The Great, Novo Amor, Private World, and Pys Melyn were the 12 finalists for the 2021 awards.