Sampha's Process wins the Mercury Prize

Sampha's Process wins the Mercury Prize

Sampha's Process wins the Mercury Prize

Sampha, the handsome and loveable genius behind last year's tearjerker Process, has taken out the prestigious Mercury Prize.

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.

Singer/songwriter Sampha has beaten the likes of Ed Sheeran and Stormzy to pick up the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize for album of the year.

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Actor and DJ Idris Elba presented Sampha with the award after saying that English music is at the best it's ever been, ever.

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'.

The judging panel of 12 included Jamie Cullum and Mumford & Son's Marcus Mumford. With its unique creativity, rich musicality, depth and vulnerability, it resonates emotionally and speaks to the heart.

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While he didn't take home the Mercury Prize, Stormzy made his presence known that evening through a jaw-dropping performance of his hit single "First Things First".

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.

Numerous landmark albums have previously won the coveted Mercury Music Prize. Although they don't always get it right and there have been some forgettable winners as well.

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