Skepta Wins the 2016 Mercury Music Prize

It’s been another historical night at the Mercury Music Prize as Skepta was announced the overall winner at the 2016 Awards Show.

Collecting the winner’s trophy and a cheque for £25,000 Skepta stepped to the stage with his family saying, “The star is the person on the mic who always gets seen but I want to say thank you to every single person who made Konnichiwa happen.”

The judging panel’s decision came down to two ‘Black Stars’ as Jarvis Cocker announced the final win for Skepta’s ‘Konnichiwa’, “This is such a great record!  Confident, funny, clever, scary, personal and political. Skepta makes music for our times.”

The 12 albums were chosen based solely on artistic merit by a panel of judges including Kate Tempest, Jessie Ware, Naughty Boy, Jamie Cullum, Clara Amfo and Jarvis Cocker. The six finalists were David Bowie, Laura Mvula, Michael Kiwanuka, Radiohead, Skepta and The 1975.

The Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ celebrate and promote the best of UK music, recognising artistic achievement across an eclectic range of contemporary music genres. One of the most critically significant awards in the British music scene, Skepta’s moment tonight is a moment for the Grime movement.