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By Sarah Jane Griffiths and Kev Geoghegan

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  1. And that's a wrap...

    So there you have it - the Mercury Prize is done and dusted for another year and grime superstar Skepta has been crowned 2016's winner for his album Konnichiwa. Big congratulations to him.

    Scroll down to relive all the action as it happened, from the live performances to the red carpet shenanigans and the first post-show interview with the man himself.

    Normal Music News LIVE business will be resumed tomorrow morning, but we'll leave you with Skepta's live performance of Shutdown.

    Enjoy! Thank you and good night...

  2. Skepta: 'Is this happening? I don't know what's going on!'

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    BBC 6 Music's Matt Everitt got the first interview with the 2016 winner, Skepta, after he came off stage...

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    Video caption: Matt Everitt has the first ever interview with our 2016 winner, Skepta
  3. Laura Mvula performs Phenomenal Woman

    She was the first of the final six contenders to be confirmed earlier tonight and now you can watch Laura Mvula's performance of her stonking empowerment anthem Phenomenal Woman, recorded at Hammersmith Apollo earlier...

    You can watch the evening's other performances too

  4. Possibly our favourite moment of the night goes to...

    ...the aforementioned Skepta's mum, aka Mrs Adenuga - for this joyful hands-in-the-air wiggle when her son mentioned her in his acceptance speech...

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    Scroll down to read highlights of his passionate speech.

  5. Fans rush to congratulate Skepta

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    Fans, friends and fellow musicians have been tweeting their congrats to this year's winner Skepta...

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    Even Matty Healy of The 1975's famous mum Denise Welch tweeted her congrats...

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  6. The winner takes the stage...

    Here's the moment former nominee and judge Jarvis Cocker announced the winner of this year's Mercury Prize... And the moment Skepta gave his mum a massive hug...

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  7. Skepta's win proves he knows what he's on about...

    Our reporter Mark Savage caught up with Skepta fresh from accepting his award on stage...

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  8. Skepta thanks his fans, friends and mum and dad


    A visibly stunned Skepta took his whole crew on stage with him - including his mum - to accept the 2016 Mercury Prize for his album Konnichiwa.

    "The star, the person who's on the mic always gets seen. Thank you to every single person who made Konnichiwa happen," he said as the crowd gave him a standing ovation.

    "For everybody who knows what it takes to put an album together, cos it's so much more than just making the music...

    "I'm just so thankful. I've been trying to do this music stuff and work it out for so long... I was like 'let's do it for ourselves'. All these songs, we've travelled the world - no record label, nothing. We just did this for us, but the love is very appreciated."

    He added a shout out to fellow nominee Kano in the audience: "Kane - for life bro - we did it.

    "And lastly, my mum and dad, and all my friends mums and dads - because they made us, they gave us that voice in our head that's talking to keep us in line to keep us in check.... 

    "We all won today. Konnichiwa!"

  9. Jarvis Cocker says Bowie would have wanted Skepta to win

    Announcing the award's winner, Jarvis Cocker teased the crowd that it had come down to a choice between "two black stars". 

    He added: "If David Bowie was looking down on the Hammersmith Apollo tonight - he would want the 2016 mercury prize to go to... Skepta!"

  10. And the winner is...

    Skepta for Konnichiwa, presented by the great Jarvis Cocker.

  11. Last year's winner drops by...

    Benjamin Clementine brought his stripped back elegance to the proceedings and gave another emotionally charged performance.

    Scroll down to see his chat with BBC News earlier...

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  12. The Comet Is Coming perform their cosmic jazz

    So they didn't make it through to the final six, but cosmic jazz act The Comet Is Coming won't be feeling too disappointed as the Mercury Prize shortlist has already brought them to a whole new audience. 

    Watch their performance of a Space Carnival at the Hammersmith earlier and prepare to be converted...

  13. The finalists are in...

    So, we have them all now, the six artists who have a chance of winning the 25th Mercury Prize any minute now - and here they are again...

    • David Bowie - Blackstar 
    • Laura Mvula - The Dreaming Room 
    • Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate 
    • Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool 
    • Skepta - Konnichiwa 
    • The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It

    Good luck everyone!

  14. Michael Kiwanuka scoops the last spot in the final six...

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    So Michael Kiwanuka's critically acclaimed second album, Love & Hate has taken the sixth and final spot on the shortened shortlist to be in with a chance of winning this year's Mercury Prize. 

    Not a bad week for the singer, who's just got back from his honeymoon in Sicily. 

  15. Is it fifth time lucky for Radiohead?

    Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool

    The band have not made to to the Hammersmith Apollo tonight (they're in the US and they've lost out four times previously) but Radiohead have nabbed the second-to-last place in the final six.

    Scroll down for their video performance in a studio space so hot that Thom Yorke is in his vest.

    His vest!

  16. David Bowie's Blackstar makes it number four...

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    Not really a huge surprise this one but still fitting that David Bowie's swansong Blackstar has made it through to the final six.

    Scroll down to watch Dextor actor Michael C Hall's moving performance. 

  17. Strong support in the room for Anohni

    Anohni's visually stunning performance of Drone Bomb Me saw a performance artist on stage lip-syncing to the singer's live vocals. 

    But will she make it though to the final six??

    Watch the performance below and we'll keep you posted...

    And there seems to be a lot of love for the singer in the room and elsewhere tonight...

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  18. The 1975 are through to the final six thanks to a public vote

    Unashamedly pop nominee The 1975 have made it through to this year's final six, with the longest album title possibly ever...  I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it... 

    And they have the great British public to thank as the band won the first ever vote to put one artist through to the final.

    They performed Love Me live at the Hammersmith Apollo, check it out below... 

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  19. Skepta is also in the final running for the Mercury Prize


    Grime artist Skepta is the second of the final six artists who could win that coveted award.

    Who will be the next one up?

  20. A fitting tribute to David Bowie

    You couldn't blame actor Michael C Hall for a few butterflies ahead of his performance at this year's Mercury Prize.

    He performed Lazarus from David Bowie's final album Blackstar on the same stage in west London where Bowie killed off Ziggy Stardut in 1973.

    The general feeling seems to be that he certainly did it justice...