Sampha Wins 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize

Sampha Wins 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize

Process by Sampha, has won the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize Award.

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.

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'.

Idris Elba awarded the prize to Sampha, who was in tears when his name was read out.

Soul singer Sampha was named the overall victor of Britain's Mercury Prize for popular music for his debut album "Process" on Thursday (September 14).

The musician born in London to Sierra Leonean parents dedicated the prize to his family.


Stormzy appeared dressed in black standing at a table of others dressed in black with balaclavas to recreate the cover of his hit album during his rendition of First Things First and Blinded By Your Grace.

Soul singer Sampha was instead given the award for his album Process. Sheeran, who was a surprising nominee this year, couldn't attend the event.

The Big Moon are nominated alongside Alt-J, Blossoms, Dinosaur, Ed Sheeran, Glass Animals, J Hus, Kate Tempest, Loyle Carner, Sampha, Stormzy and The xx.

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.

"Everyone knows about it but they don't see it, so to see it right there is wicked".

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