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Skepta's Album Konnichiwa Wins Mercury Prize!

Written by Daniel Kirby on 16th September 2016

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Grime artist Skepta was announced as this year's winner at the awards evening at the Hammersmith Apollo last night.

In taking the award, Skepta beat out bookmakers' favourite David Bowie, who was expected to win with his final album Blackstar. Other artists vying for the UK's most prestigious music award included Radiohead, The 1975 and Laura Mvula.

Reception to the news has been very positive, with many applauding the fact that Skepta was able to win with an album which he produced and released by himself. Jarvis Cocker, one of those on the judging panel, explained that “we as a jury decided that if David Bowie was looking down on the Hammersmith Apollo tonight if he would want the 2016 prize to go to Skepta”.

The result has also underlined the remarkable resurgence of the grime genre, with Skepta becoming the first grime artist to win the award since Dizzee Rascal picked up the award in 2003 for his album Boy In Da Corner.