Skepta Winning The Mercury Music Prize Is "What Bowie Would Have Wanted" Says Jarvis Cocker

The first grime artist to win since Dizzee Rascal in 2003

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Last night London grime artist Skepta was awarded the 25th Mercury prize for his album Konnichiwa.

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The winner was announced by Jarvis Cocker who, in a cross-genre nod to Skepta, said that him winning was "What Bowie would have wanted." 

It was rumoured that Bowie was a dead-cert to win the award posthumously for his last album Blackstar, which was released three days before he died in January. 

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Joseph Junior Adenuga (well he wasn't born Skepta, was he?), hailing from Tottenham London, accepted the award as well as the £25,000 prize money on stage with his parents and friends. He thanked them amongst others in a hearfelt speech:

"I'm just so thankful. I've been trying to do this music stuff and work it out for so long... I was like' let's do it for ourselves'. All these songs, we've travelled the world - no record label, nothing. We just did this for us but the love is very appreciated."

He also thanks those who had helped him through, "depressed times" and to the other nominees said, "We all get to take the trophy home." Perhaps he's organising a timeshare of the gong.

The other nominees who missed out were:

Anohni - 'Hopelessness'

Bat For Lashes - 'The Bride'

David Bowie - 'Blackstar'

Jamie Woon - 'Making Time'

Kano - 'Made in the Manor'

Laura Mvula - 'The Dreaming Room'

Michael Kiwanuka -  'Love & Hate'

Radiohead - 'A Moon Shaped Pool'

Savages - 'Adore Life'

Skepta - 'Konnichiwa'

The 1975 - 'I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it'

The Comet Is Coming - 'Channel the Spirits'