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Sampha wins the Mercury Prize

Sampha wins the Mercury Prize

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

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

The star received a standing ovation from the crowd at London's Eventim Apollo, and told them: I feel like I'm dreaming a little bit, this is incredible. "He brought the audience to silence performing his single, "(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano" during the ceremony to be met with the wildest of cheers. "I'd like to dedicate this award to my parents...they just wanted to give us the best upbringing possible". With its unique creativity, rich musicality, depth and vulnerability, it resonates emotionally and speaks to the heart.

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

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Throughout the evening each of the shortlisted artists, excluding Sheeran, took to the stage to perform a track from their nominated album. Sheeran, who was a surprising nominee this year, couldn't attend the event. The Mercury Prize started out strong with Primal Scream's Screamadelica winning in 1992 and Suede's self-titled debut winning in 1993.

Last year, Skepta won the prestigious award with his album Konnichiwa - the first grime artist to win since Dizzee Rascal in 2003 with Boy In Da Corner.