2017 MECURY PRIZE AWARD – WHAT WENT DOWN
Last week Thursday was the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize Award, an evening of celebrating some good music. It’s been almost a week since Sampha was crowned the winner of this years Mercury Prize Award and reflecting on the show I am still buzzed of what a great night it was.
Not only was it a good show in terms of the performances but all of the albums nominated were really top notch. Special shout out to the Grime and Rap artists including Stormzy, Loyle Carner, J Hus and even Skepta who returned for a performance following his win the year before.
The show kicked off with a performance from Loyle Carner who appeared on stage with a choir to perform his track The Isle of Arran giving the audience a killer performance.
Following on from Loyle was J Hus who killed a mashup performance of his track Friendly and Did You See. His stage presence was on point and the crowd wanted more.
A couple of acts later the one and only Stormzy stepped up. Reenacting his album cover on stage he then killed his performance of his track First Things First and then Blinded By Your Grace Pt 1. I was ready for more but the fact that there was 11 performers taking the stage meant that each act was limited for time.
Before the winner of this years prize was announced there was the return of Skepta who took home the prize for his 2016 album Konnichiwa. Taking the stage to perform his track ‘Man’ the crowd went crazy.
The nominees of this years Mercury Prize Award can certainly been seen as a reflection of how well the scene is doing. From Skepta’s win last year and being the only artist from our scene to be nominated to this year having four urban acts being nominees this year, It was great to see our culture and scene truly represented.
Before the winner of the 2017 was annouced it was mentioned that “the winner is one of five artists from South London” and further to that “The winner is a debut album” and so I immediately thought Stormzy for the win. However, Idris Elba revealed the winner to be Sampha who was a worthy winner.
Following the performance of his track of No One Knows Me Like The Piano which is this weeks Track of The Week I did feel like Sampha had some pipes and I wont lie his debut album ‘Process‘ was one that I have vibed to since it came out. Big up Sampha who killed it.
Having being previously known for working with artist such as Drake featuring on 2 of his previous albums as well as working with other artist it’s good to see that his debut album was recognised for it’s quality by the judges. So big up to Sampha.