'It's like any lively dinner party': Inside the Mercury Prize judging processs

Ben Homewood

The year Skepta won with Jarvis Cocker presenting was brilliant. There was a lot of deliberation between him and David Bowie, but the decision was made with the feeling Bowie would be pleased…”

Jeff Smith is reliving the night of September 15, 2016, when Skepta, a totem of the UK grime scene, scooped the Mercury Prize for his fourth album, Konnichiwa. He piled on stage with a huge entourage, headed up by his mum, whose delirious dancing went viral. Head ...

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