The South Londoner’s debut is the judges’ top album in this year’s celebration to promote the best of British music
South London singer-songwriter, Sampha, has won this year’s Mercury Prize for his debut album Process. The decision was revealed by the actor Idris Elba at the climax of this evening’s ceremony at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, which was presented by BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Lauren Laverne and broadcast live on BBC Four.
Established in 1992, the annual celebration is held to promote the best of British music, recognising artistic achievement across a range of contemporary music genres. 28 year-old Sampha and his record were picked ahead of 11 other shortlisted albums by the likes of Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, The xx and alt-J.
“I feel like I’m dreaming a little bit. This is incredible,” Sampha said in his acceptance speech. “Thank you guys so much, thank you to the judges for thinking my album was good enough for this. I didn’t write anything, but… I’d like to dedicate this award to my parents…” He then took to the stage one more time to perform his third single from the album, (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano.
For more details, go to mercuryprize.com