Skepta wins the coveted Mercury Music Prize 5 years ago

Skepta wins the coveted Mercury Music Prize

2016 really is the year of grime.

It was widely forecasted that this year's Mercury Prize - famously difficult to predict - would be awarded to the late David Bowie, whose final album Blackstar was released to critical acclaim three days before he died of cancer in January.

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But the night would belong to Skepta, the Tottenham-born star, who in winning the £25,000 prize for his fourth studio album Konnichiwa became the first hip-hop artist to do so since Dizzee Rascal in 2003.

As well as Bowie, Skepta's self-released, politically-charged album beat off competition from the likes of Radiohead, The 1975 and fellow grime pioneer Kano, who he acknowledged in a memorable acceptance speech.

Before Jarvis Cocker handed out the award, he poignantly noted that David Bowie would no doubt be looking down in approval of the winner.

 

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After receiving a rapturous ovation as he made his way to the stage, Skepta took the mic and said: "I'm just so thankful. I've been trying to do this music stuff and work it out for so long... I was like' let's do it for ourselves'. All these songs, we've travelled the world - no record label, nothing. We just did this for us but the love is very appreciated."

He thanked just about everybody important to him before concluding with a tribute to his parents, who (brilliantly) joined him on stage.

"And lastly, my mum and dad, and all my friends mums and dads - because they made us, they gave us that voice in our head that's talking to keep us in line to keep us in check....

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"We all won today. Konichiwa!"

This is how the internet reacted.

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