The London MC released the record, which combines hip-hop and R&B with Afrobeats, last May on renowned independent label Black Butter Records.
It reached Number Six in the charts, and features the hit ‘Did You See’.
Presented with the award by Naomi Campbell, he said: “Man! I don’t know what to say! I wanna thank NME so much. I wanna thank my managers and everyone’s support.”
Stay with us here at NME.COM/awards to get all the latest news, videos, photos, and gossip from the ceremony, which will see Liam Gallagher receive the Godlike Genius award. He will also close the ceremony with a live performance. You can catch all the action on the Facebook Live stream on NME’s official Facebook page.
Going into tonight’s ceremony, Lorde and Charli XCX led the pack with four nominations each. They were closely followed by Dua Lipa and Kasabian, who both scored three nods apiece.
Stefflon Don and Skepta opened the ceremony tonight (February 14) at London’s O2 Academy Brixton with a performance of their collaboration, ‘Ding-a-Ling’.
Alt-J have also treated the audience to a version of their track ‘In Cold Blood’, and Pale Waves aired their debut single ‘There’s A Honey’ after collecting the NME Under The Radar Award supported by HMV.
Earlier in the night, Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson received the NME Icon Award, while grime crew Boy Better Know took home the NME Innovation Award.