The debut album from R&B artist Ms. Dynamite, "A Little Deeper" (Polydor), won the Panasonic Mercury Music Prize last night (Sept. 17) at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.

The debut album from R&B artist Ms. Dynamite, "A Little Deeper" (Polydor), won the Panasonic Mercury Music Prize last night (Sept. 17) at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. The 21-year-old Ms. Dynamite triumphed over bookmakers' favorites the Coral and the Streets, receiving a check for £20,000 presented by jazz saxophonist Courtney Pine.

This year's nominees championed diversity, with nods for chart-topping rock act Doves, classical pianist Joanna MacGregor, jazz trumpeter Guy Barker, Irish singer/songwriter Gemma Hayes, and indie upstarts Electric Soft Parade. The nominees were culled from 180 albums, with only U.K. artists eligible for the award. The final tally excluded albums from more commercially visible acts, including Coldplay, Spiritualized, Cornershop, Primal Scream, and Pulp.

As previously reported, the unofficial U.S. edition of the Mercury Music Prize, the Shortlist, will be presented Oct. 29 in Los Angeles. Albums from Bjork, DJ Shadow, Flaming Lips, and the Avalanches are among the finalists.