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Sampha, the Tender Vocalist and Producer, Wins Mercury Prize

16 September 2017, 01:21 | Ruben Stone

NEWS: Sampha wins the Mercury Prize

Sampha's Process wins the Mercury Prize

Sampha said winning the 2017 Mercury Prize was a "boost" for his self-esteem and that he planned to spend his £25,000 prize money on building a new studio.

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

Sampha was announced tonight, Thursday, 14 September 2017, as the overall victor of the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize for Album of the Year.

Before handing over the prize, actor and DJ Idris Elba hailed the state of the United Kingdom music industry, saying: "English music is at the best it's ever been ever".

The young singer-songwriter took the industry by storm releasing his debut work in February this year on the music label Young Turks.

A sign of the award shifting to the mainstream was the nomination of chart-topper Ed Sheeran, who was the only nominee not to perform on the night at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, west London.

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This is done through the celebration of the 12 "Albums of the Year", recognising artistic achievement across a range of contemporary music genres.

And this year the incredibly brilliant and extremely deserving Sampha took home the prize for "Process".

Applauding this year's Mercury Prize for its musical diversity, the band also picked Loyle Carner as the act they most wanted to see win.

Skepta won in 2016 with his album Konnichiwa. "I'd like to dedicate this award to my parents".

The Big Moon have discussed their thoughts surrounding this evening's Mercury Prize ceremony as well as early plans for their second album.

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