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Sampha wins the Mercury Prize

16 September 2017, 01:21 | Jermaine Blake

Sampha's Process wins the Mercury Prize

Prize giving The best moments from the Mercury Awards 2017

The singer-songwriter faced competition from previous Mercury Prize victor and producer, Jamie XX, and the likes of British hip hop singer, Stormzy and pop giant Ed Sheeran.

"I feel like I'm dreaming" he said as he accepted the award.

The 24-year-old was eventually beaten to the top prize by United Kingdom singer Sampha, who won for his stunning debut album "Process".

Idris Elba awarded the prize to Sampha, who was in tears when his name was read out.

On collecting the winner's trophy and cheque for £25,000, Sampha proclaimed his triumph as "incredible", thanking the judges and dedicating the award to his parents and his brothers.

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Sampha's debut album Process received glowing reviews upon its February release, with the NZ Herald giving it five stars and declaring it "a debut album of breath-taking poise". Sheeran, who was a surprising nominee this year, couldn't attend the event.

The Prize's digital music partner, Apple Music, has promoted the Mercury Prize from the shortlist announcement through to the Awards Show. Ed Sheeran's hit album ÷ (Divide) was on the shortlist for the honour, as was alt-j's Relaxer, Blossoms by Blossoms, Kate Tempest's Let Them Eat Chaos, and Gang Signs & Prayer by rapper Stormzy.

Sampha has won the Mercury Prize for his album which ruminates about the loss of his mother from cancer.

The Mercury Prize began in 1992, and was won by Primal Scream with their album Screamadelica.

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



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