Sampha On His Mercury Prize Win: "It Feels Amazing"


If there's one thing to know about the Mercury Prize, it's that it'll give you a huge clue about which British artists are worth paying attention to.

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

He dedicated the prize, which includes a cheque for £25,000, to his parents saying: "I had the best upbringing possible", before adding: "I can't believe it".

His debut album was described by NME magazine as a "finely crafted and devastating take on the loss of his mother to cancer" when it was released in February.

The event was hosted by Lauren Laverne; the award handed out by actor and DJ Idris Elba, who paid tribute to "an wonderful array of artists".

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

The nominees all performed live, save for Ed Sheeran, who sent a message of thanks via video from Miami. 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.

The Prize's digital music partner, Apple Music, has promoted the Mercury Prize from the shortlist announcement through to the Awards Show.

Skepta won in 2016 with his album Konnichiwa. The Mercury Prize started out strong with Primal Scream's Screamadelica winning in 1992 and Suede's self-titled debut winning in 1993.