Mercury Prize 2017: The Round Up!
So, with the winner announced, and the ceremony wrapped up and finished. We take a look back at this years 'Mercury Prize'. Last years award saw a momentous moment for the Grime scene and UK Rap culture when Skepta picked up the award for 'Konnichiwa' as well as Kano holding a nomination for 'Made In The Manor'. This saw a change in opinion on the underground scene for a large number of people. In the past we had seen Dizzee pick up the award, but this time round it was huge for the culture and the scene.
When the 2017 shortlist was announced it was no surprise that we saw Stormzy and J Hus names on the list, with GSAP and Common Sense both doing extremely well in the charts.
Mercury Prize 2017 - Shortlist
alt-j - Relaxer
Blossoms - Blossoms
Dinosaur - Together, As One
Ed Sheeran - ÷
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 & Prayer
The Big Moon - Love in the 4th Dimension
The xx - I See You
Over the course of the night we saw a number of performances, including appearances from Stormzy, J Hus and last years winner Skepta, who came out to perform 'Man'. With a vehicle on stage showcasing his latest Nike collaboration 'SKAir', he was also joined by 'Rex Orange County' who provided some guitar riffs for the hit single from 'Konnichiwa'.
Towards the end of his live performance, Skeppy bigged up his brothers, J Hus and Stormz, as they awaited the final result to see if they had picked up the award.
J Hus took to the stage to perform his popular tracks 'Friendly' and 'Did You See'. The London boy kept it authentic, and simple as he jumped on stage alone with his DJ.
For me, the stand out performance came from Stormzy. The South London man re-created his album cover for the performance. With a group of men, sat at a long table in balaclava's. A real engaging sight and ideal way to approach such a prestigious event.
As per usual we got the full Stormzy package as he delivered his tracks with real passion and energy. 'First Things First' and 'Blinded By Your Grace' were the chosen tracks, which once again show the UK powerhouses' versatility.
As the night came to a close we were blessed with the announcement of the winner. It was London born artist, Sampha, who picked up this prestigious award for his album, 'Process'.
Sample is an artist who has excelled and showcased his talents on a global scale. He has never steered far away from his original sounds, and has only ever developed them and taken them to the next level. 'Process' is a landmark in his career which really shows some of his best work. And, what a way to confirm this by picking up the 2017 Mercury Prize presented by the legend, Idris Elba.
Check out his acceptance speech and live performance below.