Sampha Wins Mercury Music Prize With Debut Album 'Process'

Sampha Wins Mercury Music Prize With Debut Album 'Process'

Sampha Wins Mercury Music Prize With Debut Album 'Process'

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

The musician said he "felt like I'm dreaming" as he was announced as the victor of the prize at a ceremony in London's Eventim Apollo on Thursday night. Idris Elba presented the award.

The singer snagged the coveted United Kingdom prize-awarded to the best British album of the year-for his acclaimed debut album Process.

The nominees all performed live, save for Ed Sheeran, who sent a message of thanks via video from Miami.

Glass Animals rubbed shoulders with the likes of superstars Ed Sheeran and Stormzy on the shortlist for the album prize.

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The 28 year old star, full name Sampha Sisay, released Process back in February this year, after a lengthy five-year recording process from when he initially broke through as a guest vocalist on SBTRKT's album.

The Prize's digital music partner, Apple Music, has promoted the Mercury Prize from the shortlist announcement through to the Awards Show.

"After collecting the award, Sampha played his piano track "(Nobody Knows Me) Like The Piano", later saying it was an "overwhelming" performance during which he was overcome by happiness and the sense of loss woven into the lyrics.

The 2016 Mercury Prize went to grime hip-hop artist Skepta, for his album "Konnichiwa" in recognition of a resurgent homegrown genre.

The Mercury Prize began in 1992, and was won by Primal Scream with their album Screamadelica.

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