Sampha beats Ed Sheeran for Mercury Music Prize

Danny Woods
September 16, 2017

The singer/songwriter said he "felt like I'm dreaming" as he was announced as this year's recipient.

Soul singer Sampha was named the overall victor of Britain's Mercury Prize for popular music for his debut album "Process" on Thursday (September 14).

The album prevailed in a stylistically diverse and closely competitive field, which included entries from the worldwide pop juggernaut Ed Sheeran, the grime contender Stormzy and brooding, indie rock auteurs the xx.

Sampha, the handsome and loveable genius behind last year's tearjerker Process, has taken out the prestigious Mercury Prize.

"Thank you to the judges for thinking that my album is good enough". The Young Turks recordings artist was presented the award for his debut album 'Process' by Idris Elba at an Awards show tonight at Hammersmith Apollo.

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This year's judges included the journalists Phil Alexander and Harriet Gibsone, and the musicians Marcus Mumford, Jessie Ware and Lianne La Havas.

After collecting his prize, Sampha treated the audience to another rendition of (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano. Sheeran, who was a surprising nominee this year, couldn't attend the event.

Grime star Skepta, who took home the award in 2016, returned to the ceremony, which was broadcast on BBC Four, to perform Man from his winning album Konnichiwa.

The inaugural prize in 1992 was awarded to Primal Scream, for their album "Screamadelica".

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