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'sLet 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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