The Tottenham rapper beat off competition from Kano, David Bowie and Radiohead
Jarvis Cocker declared Skepta as the winner of the 2016 Mercury Award for his album, Konichiwa, at a ceremony last night.
Coming amid a narrative of establishment neglect of the Grime resurgence, it was heartening to see both Skepta and Kano receiving nominations. But with a post-humous David Bowie release also in the running, victory was far from assured.
As his name was announced, a visibly emotional Skepta took to the stage with mum, dad and the BBK family in toe. He reeled off a long list of thank you's, shouted out Kano and highlighted that this award was all the sweeter as he'd released Konichiwa on his own terms, without the support of a major label.
Where Skepta will go from here is anyone's guess, but with 2016 proving to be his biggest year yet, the future looks bright for both Skepta and the UK's burgeoning grime scene.
Skepta features on our Grime Time album, get it here.
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16 Sep 2016