Sampha beats Sheeran and Stormzy to win Mercury Prize

Sampha and Ed Sheeran

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

Process - Sampha's debut album - was released back February and reached a high of number 7 in the United Kingdom album charts.

Previous winners of the Mercury Prize include Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, PJ Harvey and James Blake.

The south London singer-songwriter took home the album of the year award, beating Ed Sheeran's Divide and Stormzy's Gang Signs & prayer, as well as nine other shortlisted records.

The musician said he "felt like I'm dreaming" as he was announced as the victor of the prize at a ceremony in London's Eventim Apollo on Thursday night.

Mercury Prize winners and losers
Video Mercury Prize Winners or losers

His debut album was described by NME magazine as a "finely crafted and devastating take on the loss of his mother to cancer" when it was released in February.

This year's judges included the journalists Phil Alexander and Harriet Gibsone, and the musicians Marcus Mumford, Jessie Ware and Lianne La Havas.

Blossoms, J Hus, Dinosaur, Loyle Carner, The Big Moon, Glass Animals and Alt J were also nominated.

After collecting his prize, Sampha treated the audience to another rendition of (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano.

The 2016 Mercury Prize went to grime hip-hop artist Skepta, for his album "Konnichiwa" in recognition of a resurgent homegrown genre. Although they don't always get it right and there have been some forgettable winners as well.

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