Skepta Beats David Bowie, Radiohead, Anohni to Win 2016 Mercury Prize

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Skepta Beats David Bowie, Radiohead, Anohni to Win 2016 Mercury Prize
Konnichiwa beat out albums from David Bowie, Radiohead, Anohni, Bat for Lashes, Savages, the 1975, more

By Sheldon Pearce. Photo: Joseph Okpako.

Skepta’s Konnichiwa has won the 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize, which honors the best British album of the year. Jarvis Cocker announced the winner at the ceremony. During his acceptance speech, Skepta said, “Rest in peace David Bowie. Rest in peace Amy Winehouse.” The album beat out albums by David Bowie(Blackstar), Radiohead, Anohni, the 1975, and others. See the full list of runners up below:

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**

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*

This year the Mercury voting system changed to allow fan input. Fan votesdetermined one album that made the final shortlist, which included five other records chosen by the judging panel. The 1975 won the fan vote.

Benjamin Clementine won the prize last year. Previous winners include James Blake, PJ Harvey, the xx, Pulp, Portishead, Arctic Monkeys, Antony and the Johnsons, Franz Ferdinand, and more.


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