Friday, September 16, 2016
Skepta takes 2016 Mercury Prize
Words: Ellie Ward
33-year-old North London grime artist Joseph Junior Adenuga, or better known as Skepta, was earlier tonight (September 15) announced as the winner of the £25,000 Mercury Prize award for his album 'Konnichiwa'.
Skepta beat the likes of Radiohead, The 1975 and bookies' favourite David Bowie, to scoop the award for the record which lyrically touched on topics such as police harassment and his anger at British politics.
Speaking to the BBC after tge ceremony, he said he would use the prize money to help the disadvantaged. "Something positive, something to help other people feel as happy and as free as me. We're doing a project right now, actually, building a studio in my old estate to help the young kids do music," he said.
This year's nominees were decided by:
Musician Jessie Ware, Jeff Smith Head of Music at 6 Music and Radio 2, broadcaster Clara Amfo, Phil Alexander Editor-in-Chief, Kerrang!, Mojo and Q, Harriet Gibsone Music News Editor at The Guardian, Will Hodgkinson Chief Rock and Pop Critic at The Times, former Mercury Prize winner Jarvis Cocker, musicians Kate Tempest and Jamie Cullum, Ellie Rowsell from Wolf Alice, producer Naughty Boy and broadcaster Annie Mac.