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Sampha crowned winner of Mercury Music Prize for album Progress

Sampha has won the UK's most prestigious music award. Credit: PA

Sampha has been crowned the winner of the Mercury Prize for his album Process.

The singer-songwriter said he "felt like I'm dreaming" as he was announced as the winner of the UK's most prestigious music prize.

He told the crowd that the award was "incredible", later adding that he was grateful to the judges for the vote on confidence in his solo work after he spent years collaborating with other artists.

I feel like I poured my heart and soul into the record. I was very honest with how I produced it.

As an artist, you can kind of struggle with your self esteem sometimes and you're not quite sure if you're going down the right road, so something like this does give you a boost.

– Sampha
Sampha performs at the ceremony. Credit: PA

The 12 acts vying for the album of the year prize were:

  • Alt-J - Relaxer
  • Blossoms - Blossoms
  • Dinosaur - Together, As One
  • Ed Sheeran - ÷ (Divide)
  • Glass Animals - How To Be A Human Being
  • J Hus - Common Sense
  • Kate Tempest - Let Them Eat Chaos
  • Loyle Carner - Yesterday's Gone
  • Sampha - Process
  • Stormzy - Gang Signs and Prayers
  • The Big Moon - Love in the 4th Dimension
  • The XX - I See You

The 2017 shortlist was hailed by nominees for its diversity, with Loyle Carner saying that the inclusion of artists such as Stormzy, Sampha and J Hus provided more positive role models for young people.

Arriving at the London event, the hip hop star described the shortlist as "wicked".

Loyle Carner described the Mercury shortlist as 'wicked'. Credit: PA

He continued: "It's wicked, one of the most important things is there are positive black men in the media, doing something creative and doing something special and that is something that cannot be overlooked and shouldn't be overlooked.

"People have been saying this year: 'Oh Mercury isn't as good as it was last year,' well I think it's fantastic and especially to have guys like Stormzy standing big and tall and proud and showing kids that are his age, kids that are younger, that they can amount to something and showing something positive.

"Everyone knows about it but they don't see it, so to see it right there is wicked."

Blossoms frontman Tom Ogden also praised the shortlist as "true to what is going on".

Tom Ogden and his Blossoms bandmates. Credit: PA

He added: "I don't think there is anyone who is really missing out of it, who brought an album out and should be here who aren't.

"It's a good celebration of 12 great albums, the diversity shows what people are listening to now in 2017."