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Everyone relax: Sampha beat Ed Sheeran to the Mercury Prize

16 September 2017, 01:20 | Clyde Nash

NEWS: Sampha wins the Mercury Prize

Sampha's Process wins the Mercury Prize

The Mercury Prize comes with an award of 25,000 British pounds (about $34,000) and is given by a rotating panel of judges.

The award, which honours the best British album of the past year, was held at London's Eventim Apollo and celebrates the best of British and Irish music, honouring the best album released in the past 12 months.

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". But back in February he finally released Process, his debut solo album, via Young Turks.

He received his prize from actor Idris Elba and told the crowd: "This is incredible".

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Sheeran, who is touring in the United States, sent a video message saying he was not expecting to be shortlisted but adding it was always a goal to play the Shepherds Bush Empire and have a Mercury-nominated album. Apple Music will also help music fans discover new music with dedicated playlists featuring the shortlisted artists, albums and more.

In the United Kingdom, there is no more prestigious award in music than the Mercury Prize. Also representing the indie genre in 2017 were The Big Moon, with their debut Love In The 4th Dimension, while this year's jazz-related nominees were Dinosaur, a four-piece ensemble led by trumpet player Laura Jurd.

The Mercury Prize began in 1992, and was won by Primal Scream with their album Screamadelica.

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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