Sampha Wins The 2017 Mercury Prize

Sampha Wins The 2017 Mercury Prize

The south Londoner beat off competition from Ed Sheeran and Stormzy to take home the UK's most prestigious music award.

In his speech, he said: "I feel like I'm dreaming!" and thanked his parents for giving him and his family "the best upbringing possible".

The Mercury Prize showcases a range of music genres by celebrating the best album by a British or Irish artist each year, picking a victor from a shortlist of 12.

After collecting his prize, Sampha treated the audience to another rendition of (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano.

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Tom Ogden Charlie Salt Josh Dewhurst Joe Donovan and Myles Kellock of Blossoms

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

Asked how he might spend the £25,000 prize money, Sampha said: 'I kind of want a studio or put it way and save it up, saving is always good'. He produced a song on FKA Twigs' debut album, has earned the repeated backing of Drake, and before releasing his debut album this year, became one of *those* recognisable voices.

Watch Stormzy take over the 2017 Mercury Awards. Members of the music industry and ticket-buyers were instead entertained by Alt-j, Blossoms, Dinosaur, Glass Animals, J Hus, Kate Tempest, Loyle Carner, Sampha, Stormzy, The Big Moon and The xx. The Mercury Prize started out strong with Primal Scream's Screamadelica winning in 1992 and Suede's self-titled debut winning in 1993. Although they don't always get it right and there have been some forgettable winners as well.

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