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Sampha Scoops Mercury Prize For Best Album

South London singer songwriter Sampha scooped up the coveted Mercury Prize for Best Album, beating stiff competition from other UK heavyweights Stormzy and J Hus.

 

 

 

 

 

The 28-year-old was named the winner for his debut album 'Process', also winning a cheque for £25,000. The star received a standing ovation at the Eventim Apollo last night, saying "I feel like I'm dreaming a little bit, this is incredible. Thank you to the judges for thinking that my album was good enough for this."

 

The award was presented by actor and Dj Idris Elba who said that "English music is at the best it's ever been, ever".

 

Other stars that were up for the award of Best Album included Alt-J, Blossoms, Dinosaur, Glass Animals, J Hus, Stormzy, Kate Tempest, Loyle Carner, The Big Moon and The xx.

 

The judging panel, which included Ella Eyre, Marcus Mumford, Jamie Cullum and Jessie Ware, said it was the longest ever deliberation to decide the winner this year, buit said that "Sampha's Process is a beautifully intimate record. With its unique creativity, rich musicality, depth and vulnerability, it resonates emotionally and speaks to the heart."

 

 

 

 

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