A big honour has been awarded to women electronic artists who have taken home this year’s prestigious Mercury Prize.
Organisers of the event, the Mercury Prize Foundation, announced on Thursday that British electronic musician Dara O’Briain had been named the inaugural recipient of the award.
The 35-year-old, who won a Grammy for her song The Sky Is Blue, will receive the award in January.
Her song was the winner of the 2016 Mercury Prize, the most prestigious prize for music, at the annual awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall.
Her acceptance speech was delivered by singer-songwriter Paul Weller, who said she had “brought the sound of the British Isles to the world”.
“Dara O. is a musician, a performer, a singer-actress, a producer, a storyteller and a songwriter,” he said.
“She is the epitome of a true female artist and a true British hero.”
Dara won her second Mercury Prize in 2013, for her work with her former band The Prodigy, and the award for best live act was presented in 2010.
She has also been named a Guardian Music Prize finalist, the UK’s most prestigious music award.
Last year’s winners of the Mercury prize included British singer-singer Kate Bush, US pop singer Ariana Grande and Canadian pop singer Selena Gomez.
This year’s winner is Canadian rapper J Cole, who has won two Mercury prizes, the one for best songwriter and the one from the US, for best album.
J Cole was nominated for the 2017 Mercury Prize but withdrew after being involved in a scandal over the past few years.