Sampha's Process wins the Mercury Prize

Sampha's Process wins the Mercury Prize

The Hyundai Mercury Prize Awards Show are held at Eventim Apollo, London this evening (September 14), with Lauren Laverne returning as host and Idris Elba announcing the big victor on the night.

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

Sampha, the London-born singer, songwriter and producer known for scene-stealing collaborations with the likes of Drake, Beyoncé and Kanye West, is the recipient of the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize, the prestigious album of the year award honoring musicians from Britain and Ireland, for his debut LP "Process".

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'. After what presenter Laure Laverne described as the "longest deliberation ever in the history of the prize", actor and the evening's special guest presenter Idris Elba revealed the victor on the evening of Thursday, 14 September. "It is so important that we continue to celebrate the album as a work of art and this is a special night to celebrate the incredible shortlisted artists".

In the United Kingdom, there is no more prestigious award in music than the Mercury Prize.

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The 28 year old star, full name Sampha Sisay, released Process back in February this year, after a lengthy five-year recording process from when he initially broke through as a guest vocalist on SBTRKT's album.

The Big Moon are nominated alongside Alt-J, Blossoms, Dinosaur, Ed Sheeran, Glass Animals, J Hus, Kate Tempest, Loyle Carner, Sampha, Stormzy and The xx.

Skepta won in 2016 with his album Konnichiwa.

The inaugural prize in 1992 was awarded to Primal Scream, for their album "Screamadelica". Yes, I know that's kind of the premise of most music awards ceremonies, but the Mercury has a bit of a reputation for (in its best years) propelling talent who were otherwise on the periphery of mainstream consciousness to the forefront of everyone's minds (and playlists).

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