Sampha wins the 2017 Mercury Prize
It’s Sampha the overall winner of the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize for Album of the Year. The award goes every year to the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland and it was established by the British Phonographic Industry and British Association of Record Dealers in 1992 as an alternative to the Brit Awards.
The prize was originally sponsored by Mercury Communications, a brand owned by Cable & Wireless, from which the prize gets its name. It was later sponsored by Technics (1998 to 2001), Panasonic (2002 and 2003), Nationwide Building Society (2004 to 2008) and Barclaycard (2009–14). The 2015 prize was sponsored by the BBC, while in 2016 it was announced that a three-year deal had been struck with Hyundai to sponsor the event.
The Awards Show was held on Thursday (Sept. 14) at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith and hosted by BBC Music’s Lauren Laverne and guest presenter, Idris Elba announced the overall winner. On collecting the winner’s trophy for his album “Process” in addition to a cheque for £25,000, Sampha proclaimed his triumph as ‘incredible’, thanking the judges and dedicating the award to his parents and his brothers. He then performed a second rendition of the song ‘(Nobody Knows Me) Like The Piano’ to a standing ovation from the audience.
“Process” – the debut studio album by British musician – was released on 3 February 2017, through Young Turks. It was co-produced by Sampha and Scottish music producer Rodaidh McDonald. All the album’s tracks were written by Sampha, except for “Timmy’s Prayer”, written by Sampha and Kanye West.