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Sampha wins coveted Mercury Prize

16 September 2017, 01:17 | Max Haynes

NEWS: Sampha wins the Mercury Prize

Sampha's Process wins the Mercury Prize

The Hyundai Mercury Prize is awarded each year to an outstanding album from the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Stormzy recreated the artwork for his debut album "Gang Signs & Prayer" for an unbelievable performance at the 2017 Mercury Music Prize.

The musician said he "felt like I'm dreaming" as he was announced as the victor of the prize at a ceremony in London's Eventim Apollo on Thursday night.

Judges said that choosing this year's victor took the longest amount of time in the history of the award, with judges such as Ella Eyre, Jessie Ware and Marcus Mumford deliberated over 12 of the best albums released this year. Idris Elba presented the award.

The judging panel said: "Sampha's 'Process" is a beautifully intimate record. With its unique creativity, rich musicality, depth and vulnerability, it resonates emotionally and speaks to the heart.

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Watch Stormzy take over the 2017 Mercury Awards. Sheeran, who was a surprising nominee this year, couldn't attend the event.

The 2016 Mercury Prize went to grime hip-hop artist Skepta, for his album "Konnichiwa" in recognition of a resurgent homegrown genre.

He included a shout-out to Stormzy's album and the Common Sense, the short-listed album by J Hus. Process beat albums by alt-J, The xx, Glass Animals, Sampha, The Big Moon, Kate Tempest, Ed Sheeran, and others. "They'd be super happy for me".

"Everyone knows about it but they don't see it, so to see it right there is wicked".



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