Congratulations are in order to the King of UK Grime Music Junior Adenuga, also known to the industry as Skepta. The Grime rapper won the most prestigious award of the night, the Mercury Prize for his Album Konichiwa.
The Mercury Prize Awards honours the best of UK and Irish music, it took place last night at the iconic Hammersmith Apollo. Skepta was nominated in a very tough category amongst legendary musicians such as David Bowie, whom many thought would have won the award.
Fortunately for Skepta, who has had a monumental 2016, he won the award, much to his surprise. When his name was read out, his entire table of friends and family jumped up for joy, Skepta himself was in disbelief as he was still sitting down whilst the people surrounding him were jumping and spraying champagne, celebrating his victory. Standing on the podium with Skepta was his mom, dressed beautifully in her native Nigerian attire, his sister Julie Adenuga who is part of Apple Music and some friends, the smile on both his mom and sisters face said it all! What a proud moment in UK black music history.
A well-deserved recipient of the Mercury Prize, Skepta has helped the growth of UK Grime music, from introducing the likes of rapper superstar Drake to the genre and performing songs from his successful 2016 Album Konichiwa all over various main stages globally.
Skepta we SALUTE YOU for refusing to conform! For standing tall and being proud to be yourself and not compromising your music and interests to fit a mould that executives and industry individuals expect you to!
This Mercury Prize is for the Culture, Thank You Skepta!