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Skepta thanks his mum as he beats Bowie to Mercury Prize

By Joe Nerssessian

Grime artist Skepta has been awarded the 25th Mercury Prize, fending off competition from favourite David Bowie.

The north London-born singer collected the award and the £25,000 prize for his fourth studio album, Konnichiwa, at a ceremony at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London.

The album was released on Skepta's Boy Better Know record label, which he set up with his brother JME in 2005.

Skepta dedicated the win to his mother, who was caught dancing during the show.

"Shout out to my mum," he said. I love you - you are the reason. I wouldn't be here without you, so thank you very much, mum, you can dance as much as you want.

"For everyone who knows what it takes to put an album together, it's more than making the music.

"For everyone who was there for me when I was going through depressed times... rest in peace, Lukey.

"We just did this for us, but the love is really appreciated."

The win caps a momentous year for grime music, which has seen a resurgence since Dizzee Rascal won the Mercury Prize in 2003.

But Skepta played down talk of a grime revolution, adding it was more than that.

He said: "I wouldn't say its a grime revolution - this is a really good time for grime, but I think this is a revolution for freedom."

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