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Grime artist Skepta wins Mercury Prize for Konnichiwa album

Published 15/09/2016

David Bowie's album Blackstar is leading betting for the Mercury Prize
David Bowie's album Blackstar is leading betting for the Mercury Prize

Grime artist Skepta has been awarded the 25th Mercury Prize, beating 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 prize-giving 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. 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."

Upon collecting the award he said: "For everyone who knows what it takes to put an album together its so much more than making the music, 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.

"Not just in music. So many people are getting up by themselves making things work online, using the same acumen if you was working for a big company to just do it yourself."

"This is a revolution of freedom."

He added he hoped his win would motivate people to achieve whatever you want to do.

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