Tinie Tempah on the Mercury Prize red carpet: ‘I’ve got a good chance of winning’

Rapper believes he can add prestigious prize to BRIT haul

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Tinie Tempah says he’s in with a good chance of winning this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

The south Londoner, whose double-platinum album ‘Disc-Overy’ is among the nominations, believes he could pick up the prize and £20,000 cheque later this evening (September 5).

Talking to NME on the red carpet shortly before opening the ceremony with a ‘Pass Out’ / ‘Written In The Stars’ medley, he said:

I reckon I’ve got a pretty good chance, but there are also some other very amazing albums. If I had my way I would love for Adele to pick it up and take it home.

Meanwhile, speaking earlier to the Daily Star, the 22-year old said it was Dizzee Rascal‘s Mercury Prize win in 2003 that inspired him to create his own music.

“Dizzee Rascal is the main reason why I got into this initially,” he said. “Seeing how he turned a small scene into popular chart success was inspiring.”

Gwylim Simcock, however, didn’t rate his own chances of winning so highly.

Dubbed the ‘token’ jazz entry by some, the pianist said: “My chances are slim. Very slim. But I’m totally cool with that.”

At the Brit awards earllier this year, Tinie Tempah won the ‘Best Breakthrough’ and ‘Best Single’ prizes, while Disc-Overy was nominated in the ‘Album Of The Year’ category. He received a further nomination for the Best Male award, but lost out to Plan B.

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