Kate Tempest was honoured to be nominated for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize because she has been "in love" with music her entire life.
The 28-year-old poet-rapper lost out on the prestigious award - which recognises the best British or Irish album of the last year - to Young Fathers, but she insisted just being up for the accolade was a massive deal for her.
"Just being nominated genuinely feels like a dream," she said at the ceremony at The Roundhouse in London last night.
"It's been an amazing day. The whole process has been unbelievable.
" It's just been such a treat to hang out with some of the other artists backstage and suddenly it all feels so real.
"To be a part of something which to me is so important, it feels magical, a really important milestone.
"It feels extremely exciting for me because I've been in love with music all my life and I've been working since I was 16 - which is 12 years ago.
"For me to be having my album recognised like this, it's unbelievable, it's incredible."
"I'm a human girl, Jon Snow."
Tempest wasn't too disappointed her LP 'Everybody Down' lost out on the award and £20,000 cheque to hip-hop group Young Fathers' album 'Dead' because she is a huge fan of their music.
She added: "Young Fathers are my heroes, I love them so much that I can't really be around them without embarrassing myself.
"Every time I watch them I feel enriched with a beautiful spiritual energy. I know its a cheesy thing to say but for me it's definitely a spiritual experience watching them perform.
"They're a real strong hope for British music and I can't tell you how much I love them and that album and what they do."
Other nominees for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize included Damon Albarn, FKA twigs and Jungle.