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Sampha takes home Mercury Prize 2017 for debut album Process

15 September 2017, 07:26 | Written by Laurence Day

Sampha has seen off competition from frontrunners Stormzy and Kate Tempest to win this year's coveted Mercury Prize.

The ludicrously talented artist scooped the gong for his debut LP Process - in our 9/10 review, we said that it's "an album built to take your breath away. From start to finish, it’s a display of Sampha’s mastery as a lyricist, a singer and a musician. His voice becomes another instrument for him to play around with; each breath a considered move like the strum of a guitar. It’s a powerful album - emotive and, surprisingly, loaded with danceable hooks."

Lauren Laverne revealed during the ceremony that the deliberation process took record time to complete, so presumably there were some heated backstage discussions about who the winner should have been.

Mercury Prize 2017 Nominees

Jessie Ware, Lianne La Havas, Marcus Mumford, and Ella Eyre were among this year's Mercury judges. We thought the shortlist was actually pretty good, but as ever there were lots that also deserved to make the cut - here's who we wanted to get nominated.

The 2016 Mercury Prize was awarded to Skepta for his ace record Konnichiwa.

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