Latest album 'Konnichiwa' goes up against the likes of David Bowie and Radiohead
Skepta has spoken to NME in a video interview about his Mercury Prize nomination.
Reacting to the news at the launch ceremony in London on Thursday (August 4), Skepta said: “Awards like this are sick because you now get to see that your work has been recognised.”
While stating that he made his latest album ‘Konnichiwa’ because of his dislike for “the industry”, Skepta also admitted that award ceremonies like the Mercury Prize offer a chance for his collaborators and creative team to celebrate their success.
“It’s important for [the] people who aren’t on the stage to have some sort of celebration. I’m always on the stage and people are always telling me I’m the genius or the creative but there’s so many people with me that [helped with the album].”
“‘Konnichiwa’ was made because I don’t like the industry. I really had to remove myself from it to understand myself. I was chasing it for a long time and travelling around the world and realised that wasn’t who I was and it’s brought me to a point where I was like ‘I don’t care about TV or radio. This is not about awards’ but saying that to my team, it’s like ‘What are we working for then? What do we get to do?”
Watch Skepta talking about his Mercury Prize nomination below.
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The Mercury Prize heralds the best record released by a British or Irish artist over the past 12 months and was won last year by Benjamin Clementine for his album ‘At Least For Now’. It will be held on September 15 this year.
The nominations for the 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize were announced at a ceremony in London on Thursday morning (August 4). See the full shortlist 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’
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’
David Bowie has emerged as a bookies’ favourite to win the prize, with ‘Blackstar’ also voted by NME readers as most deserving of winning the award.