Glass Animals miss out on Mercury Prize after odds were slashed dramatically

Kelvin Reese
September 16, 2017

Sampha has been named as the victor of the Mercury Prize for his debut album Process.

The singer-songwriter faced competition from previous Mercury Prize victor and producer, Jamie XX, and the likes of British hip hop singer, Stormzy and pop giant Ed Sheeran.

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.

And now his profile is going to get even higher, as he has just won the 2017 Mercury Prize, a prestigious award given each year to the best British album of the year.

"I'd like to dedicate this award to my parents", South Londoner Sampha said during his acceptance speech.

Fellow British-Sierra Leonean, Idris Elba, was there to present him with the award.

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Process, Sampha's debut album, was released in February through the Young Turks imprint.

The judging panel included musicians Jamie Cullum and Marcus Mumford.

Sheeran, who is touring in the U.S., sent a video message saying he was not expecting to be shortlisted but adding it was always a goal to play the Shepherds Bush Empire and have a Mercury-nominated album.

Glass Animals rubbed shoulders with the likes of superstars Ed Sheeran and Stormzy on the shortlist for the album prize. Yes, I know that's kind of the premise of most music awards ceremonies, but the Mercury has a bit of a reputation for (in its best years) propelling talent who were otherwise on the periphery of mainstream consciousness to the forefront of everyone's minds (and playlists).

Last year Skepta took home the prize for his filthy, filthy grime release Konnichiwa.

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