Sampha beats Ed Sheeran to take home Mercury Prize
South London musician says ‘he feels like I’m dreaming’ as he scoops this year’s award
Sampha performs on stage after winning the 2017 Mercury Prize at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London. Photograph: David Jensen/PA Wire
The musician said he “felt like I’m dreaming” as he was announced as the winner of the prize at a ceremony in London’s Eventim Apollo on Thursday night.
The south Londoner beat off competition from Ed Sheeran and Stormzy to take home the UK’s most prestigious music award.
He received his prize from actor Idris Elba and told the crowd: “This is incredible.
“Thank you to the judges for thinking that my album is good enough.”
He dedicated the prize, which includes a cheque for £25,000 (about €28,000), to his parents, saying: “I had the best upbringing possible.”