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Sampha beats Ed Sheeran to take home Mercury Prize

16 September 2017

British-Sierra Leonean soul signer, Sampha is the victor of the 2017 Mercury Prize.

"This is incredible", Sampha said as he collected his prize at the Apollo venue in west London. But back in February he finally released Process, his debut solo album, via Young Turks.

The south Londoner beat off competition from Ed Sheeran and Stormzy to take home the UK's most prestigious music award.

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

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The album was selected from a shortlist of 12 albums produced during the past year by artists from Britain.

Sheeran, who is touring in the USA, sent a video message saying he was not expecting to be shortlisted but adding it was always a goal to play the Shepherds Bush Empire and have a Mercury-nominated album.

Photo Sampha, who received the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize for his debut LP, "Process".

Idris Elba said of the event: "The Hyundai Mercury Prize is a huge moment in the music calendar and I'm so happy to be involved".

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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 and the year before it was Benjamin Clementine.

Numerous landmark albums have previously won the coveted Mercury Music Prize.

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

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Sampha beats Ed Sheeran to take home Mercury Prize