Skepta explains why he spent five hours by himself after winning Mercury Prize

Grime MC beat David Bowie, Anohni and Radiohead to win the prestigious annual album award in September.

Skepta has revealed that he chose to spend most of his Mercury Prize-winning night on his own.

In September, the grime MC won the prestigious annual award for his album ‘Konnichiwa’. He beat out strong competition from bookie’s favourite David Bowie as well as artists including Radiohead, Anohni and Kano.

“I stayed [at the afterparty] for a little bit then I just went home, sat on the beanbag in my front room and just looked out of the window for, like, five hours,” Skepta recalled in an interview with ES magazine.

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“I just stayed there by myself,” he continued. “The thing about awards is that a lot of those moments are about the whole world telling you that you deserve it and rah, rah, rah.”

“I’m very appreciative of that but I love experiencing stuff by myself. Because it feels different. You know the truth and you can hear what the voice in your head is saying properly.”

During the interview, Skepta also revealed that texts from Adele help to keep him “in check” as his profile rises.

Meanwhile, Skepta has responded to Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in the US presidential election in a video shared on Instagram.

“I have to not fucking moan about who is in charge I have to fix it, I have to save it,” he said, striking a pragmatic tone.

He added: “Think because Trump’s got a blue tick and keys to the White House it’s official? The fucking badness is there anyway it’s an evil place.”

Skepta is now preparing to play his biggest headline show to date at London’s Alexandra Palace on December 2. Tickets for the 10,500 capacity gig sold out in just two hours when they went on sale earlier this year.