Sampha Wins Mercury Prize 2017

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In his speech, he said: "I feel like I'm dreaming!" and thanked his parents for giving him and his family "the best upbringing possible".

Singer/songwriter Sampha has beaten the likes of Ed Sheeran and Stormzy to pick up the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize for album of the year.

The 28-year-old was up against the rapper Kate Tempest who was one of the bookies' favourites, as well as grime artist Stormzy, the rock group Blossom and former nominees the XX.

The Awards Show was hosted by BBC Music's Lauren Laverne and guest presenter, Idris Elba announced the overall victor.

"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.

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Judges said that choosing this year's victor took the longest amount of time in the history of the award, with judges such as Ella Eyre, Jessie Ware and Marcus Mumford deliberated over 12 of the best albums released this year.

The judging panel said: "Sampha's 'Process" is a beautifully intimate record.

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.

Grime star Skepta, who took home the award in 2016, returned to the ceremony, which was broadcast on BBC Four, to perform Man from his winning album Konnichiwa.

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

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