Sampha has beat Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and The xx to win this year's Mercury Prize. The Young Turks recordings artist was presented the award for his debut album 'Process' by Idris Elba at an Awards show tonight at Hammersmith Apollo.
The award celebrates the best of British and Irish music, honouring the best album released in the past 12 months - as chosen by a panel of experts, tastemakers and fellow musicians.
The South London-based singer, songwriter and producer who has collaborated with Drake and Kanye West said "I feel like I'm dreaming!" as he accepted the award. Members of the music industry and ticket-buyers were instead entertained by Alt-j, Blossoms, Dinosaur, Glass Animals, J Hus, Kate Tempest, Loyle Carner, Sampha, Stormzy, The Big Moon and The xx.
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The nominees all performed live, save for Ed Sheeran, who sent a message of thanks via video from Miami. "I'd like to dedicate this award to my parents", he said.
The Mercury Prize is an annual award honouring the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The band, who have been nominated for their album "How To Be A Human Being", were 14/1 outsiders last night.