Big cuddly teddy bear Sampha just took out the Mercury Prize

16 September, 2017, 01:18 | Author: Rita Burton
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Since 1992 the Mercury Prize has been awarded to the best British album of the year, meaning an album created by a citizen of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

His debut album, Process, was crowned the victor of the coveted prize during a ceremony on Thursday (14Sep17), and he dedicated his victory to his parents.

On collecting the winner's trophy and cheque for £25,000, Sampha proclaimed his triumph as "incredible", thanking the judges and dedicating the award to his parents and his brothers. Process was his first solo album, and reached No 7 in the United Kingdom album charts in February. Idris Elba presented the award.

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. Process beat albums by alt-J, The xx, Glass Animals, Sampha, The Big Moon, Kate Tempest, Ed Sheeran, and others.

The album was selected from a shortlist of 12 albums produced during the past year by artists from Britain.

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"'Process" is the debut album from South London musician Sampha Sisay, released in February 2017 on Young Turks.

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

"Below also is the video for Sampha's "(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano".

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.

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