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Skepta wins Mercury Prize

Skepta took home the Hyundai Mercury Prize for Album of the Year, in an awards ceremony held at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.

The 2016 shortlist included The 1975, Skepta, Kano, Bat For Lashes, Jamie Woon, Laura Mvula, Michael Kiwanuka, Savages, The Comet Is Coming, and Anonhi, who all performed during the ceremony. There was also a special performance by Michael C Hall, who sang ‘Lazarus’, off David Bowie’s shortlisted album Blackstar.

The Hyundai Mercury Prize celebrates and promotes the best of UK music, recognising artistic achievement across an eclectic range of contemporary music genres. The 12 albums were chosen based solely on artistic merit by a panel of judges including Jessie Ware, Naughty Boy, Jamie Cullum, Clara Amfo and Jarvis Cocker.