Skepta wins 2016 Mercury Prize, beating out David Bowie, Radiohead

Other nominees included Anohni, Bat for Lashes, Savages, and fan favorite The 1975


Skepta had a very good day today, as his Konnichiwa won the 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize for best British album of the year, beating out the legendary likes of David Bowie and Radiohead along with other favorites such as Anohni, Savages, and The 1975. In his heartfelt acceptance speech, the grime MC thanked his “mum and dad” as they stood beside him onstage and said, “R.I.P. David Bowie, R.I.P. Amy Winehouse” in honor of the late British music icons.

While the judges awarded Skepta’s Konnichiwa the grand prize, The 1975’s I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It won the Mercury Prize’s inaugural fan vote. (This probably won’t surprise anyone who’s had to navigate the jungle of screaming fans at a 1975 show). Check out the full list of runners-up below.

The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It

Anohni – Hopelessness

Bat for Lashes – The Bride

David Bowie – Blackstar

The Comet Is Coming – Channel the Spirits

Kano – Made in the Manor

Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate

Laura Mvula – The Dreaming Room

Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

Savages – Adore Life

Jamie Woon – Making Time

Skepta joins a list of winners that includes Suede, Portishead, Pulp, Franz Ferdinand, PJ Harvey, and James Blake. Last year’s winner was Benjamin Clementine’s At Least for Now. Skepta is the first hip-hop artist to win since Dizzee Rascal in 2003.