Sampha wins the 2017 Mercury Prize

Sampha's Process wins the Mercury Prize

NEWS: Sampha wins the Mercury Prize

If there's one thing to know about the Mercury Prize, it's that it'll give you a huge clue about which British artists are worth paying attention to.

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.

The 24-year-old was eventually beaten to the top prize by United Kingdom singer Sampha, who won for his stunning debut album "Process". But back in February he finally released Process, his debut solo album, via Young Turks.

Actor and DJ Idris Elba presented Sampha with the award after saying that English music is at the best it's ever been, ever.

A sign of the award shifting to the mainstream was the nomination of chart-topper Ed Sheeran, who was the only nominee not to perform on the night at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, west London.

The Prize's digital music partner, Apple Music, has promoted the Mercury Prize from the shortlist announcement through to the Awards Show.

The Big Moon are nominated alongside Alt-J, Blossoms, Dinosaur, Ed Sheeran, Glass Animals, J Hus, Kate Tempest, Loyle Carner, Sampha, Stormzy and The xx.

The musician born in London to Sierra Leonean parents dedicated the prize to his family.

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

The inaugural prize in 1992 was awarded to Primal Scream, for their album "Screamadelica".

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