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Benjamin Clementine Dedicates 2015 Mercury Prize Win To Paris


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Singer-songwriter Benjamin Clementine has won this year’s Mercury Music Prize, picking up the award thanks to his debut album At Least For Now. The 26 year old, from Edmonton in London formerly performed as a busker on the streets of Paris and dedicated his award to the city following last week’s terror attacks.

Benjamin ClementineBenjamin Clementine has won this year’s Mercury Music Prize.

Accepting his £20,000 prize, Clementine said: “I never thought I would say this. If anyone is watching, any child or youngster or student. The world is your oyster. Go out there and get what you want to get”.

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Benjamin Clementine - 'The Mercury Prize' winner Benjamin Clementine with his award for the album 'At Least for Now' at BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, The Mercury Prize - London, United Kingdom - Friday 20th November 2015

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The Mercury Prize: Albums Of The Year

Lauren Laverne - The Mercury Prize: Albums of the Year held at the BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House - Arrivals at BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, The Mercury Prize - London, United Kingdom - Friday 20th November 2015

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Mercury Music Prize 2015 Nominations - Who's On The List?


Mercury Music Prize Florence and the Machine Wolf Alice Jamie XX Aphex Twin Roisin Murphy Gaz Coombes Ghostpoet

The Mercury Music Prize nominations for 2015 have been announced, and it’s a list with quite a few surprising omissions and inclusions.

The twelve artists fortunate enough to make the select list were announced over the course of Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6Music Radio show on Friday (October 16th), with Florence + The Machine and Wolf Alice being the biggest names among the dozen.

Florence’s third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, which reached Number 1 on both sides of the Atlantic earlier this year, is her second nomination after her debut Lungs in 2009, which was beaten by Speech Debelle. Wolf Alice’s first album My Love Is Cool came out in the same month and made Number 2 in the UK, winning rave reviews in the process.

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Mercury Music Prize: In Defence Of Young Fathers


Young Fathers Mercury Music Prize

It wasn't quite the token jazz act winning the award, and it wasn't quite Speech Debelle but there were audible gasps inside London's Roundhouse when Edinburgh-based hip-hop band Young Fathers were announced as the winner of the Mercury Music Prize on Wednesday (October 29, 2014). 

Young FathersYoung Fathers' Dead won Scottish Album of the Year in June

Music fans and journalists had expected the winner of the annual prize to be a straight tussle between FKA Twigs and Kate Tempest, though Young Fathers - whose album Dead was heralded by the music press upon release - was the surprise name on Nick Grimshaw's lips.

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Young Fathers Win The Mercury Music Prize


Mercury Music Prize Young Fathers

Scottish trio Young Fathers have won this year’s Mercury Music Prize. Their debut album DEAD received the final nod from the judges when the announcement was made by Nick Grimshaw at London’s iconic Roundhouse venue on Wednesday evening.

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Young Fathers won the Mercury Music Prize on Wednesday

When the group was interviewed by More4’s Alice Levine a matter of seconds after scooping the prize, the members sounded rather shocked and lost for words, stating “it’s positive”. Their acceptance speech was similarly abrupt, simply saying “thank you, we love you, we love you all, thank you”. When asked what they intended to do with their £20,000 prize, the group’s ‘G’ Hastings implied that they hadn’t really considered the eventuality of winning it.

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Tahliah Barnett - Photographs from the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize which Edinburgh based Hip-Hop band 'Young Fathers' took away the nights main award at The Roundhouse in London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 29th October 2014

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FKA Twigs Favourite To Win Mercury Music Prize As Bookies Pray For Upset


FKA Twigs Kate Tempest Mercury Music Prize

Bookmakers will be hoping for a surprise result at the Mercury Music Prize on Wednesday night (October 29, 2014) as punters continue to back favourites FKA Twigs and Kate Tempest. The latest odds have the former as the narrow frontrunner at 5/2, with Brockley-born singer-songwriter Tempest available at 3/1 for her album Everybody Down.

FKA TwigsFKA Twigs remains the favourite to win the Mercury Music Prize tonight

FKA Twigs' record LP1 is one of the year's most critically acclaimed records, though Tempest's foray into hip-hop has seen her selected by the Poetry Book Society as one of the 20 next generation poets. She also won the Ted Hughes award for her work Brand New Ancients.

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Our Guide To This Year's Mercury Music Prize Nominations


Mercury Music Prize Damon Albarn Royal Blood Bombay Bicycle Club FKA Twigs East India Youth Young Fathers Kate Tempest Anna Calvi Nick Mulvey

The 24th edition of the annual Barclaycard Mercury Prize is due to be held on Wednesday 29th October at London’s Roundhouse.

Last week we brought you our analysis of who we thought would make the dozen-strong shortlist from which the judges will pick the eventual winner. We got five out of the twelve correct, not bad as many pundits have expressed surprise at the relative obscurity of this year’s list in comparison to previous awards.

Only two of the nominated albums have reached the Number 1 spot in the UK Albums Chart, and only one nominee can realistically call himself a household name. There has also been a surprising snub for Sam Smith, who has made a huge impression on the British public’s imagination, with his debut album In The Lonely Hour sitting at the top the charts four months after its release.

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East India Youth Is Smart Bet For 'Mercury Music Awards' 2014


Damon Albarn East India Youth Kate Tempest Mercury Music Prize

The debut solo album from Damon Albarn has been nominated for the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2014. The list of nominees - better than last year but still mostly uninspiring - also includes Kate Tempest, Royal Blood and Nick Mulvey. Hilariously, the Independent reports on Ed Sheeran and Lily Allen "missing out".

Damon AlbarnDamon Albarn is nominated for 'Everyday Robots'

This year's list of nominees also includes Anna Calvi, One Breath, Bombay Bicycle Club, So Long, See You Tomorrow, FKA Twigs, LP1, GoGo Penguin, v2.0, Jungle, Jungle, Polar Bear, In Each and Every One, Young Fathers, Dead.

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Barclaycard Mercury Prize - Albums Of The Year Nominations

Tahliah Debrett Barnett and FKA Twigs - Barclaycard Mercury Prize - Albums of the Year Nominations - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 10th September 2014

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Tahliah Debrett Barnett and Fka Twigs
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Tahliah Debrett Barnett and Fka Twigs

Our Picks For The Mercury Nominations


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The nominations for the Mercury Music Prize are set to be announced tomorrow afternoon. Twelve artists who have released albums between 10 September 2013 and 8 September 2014 will be selected by the panel of ten judges representing the British music industry.

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran could score a first Mercury nomination to add to his runaway commercial success

Every year there are selections from way out of left field, and deserved nominees who suffer injustice. So, ahead of the big reveal tomorrow, here are Contactmusic.com’s picks for the 2014 shortlist, a combination of ‘who we think should be nominated’ and ‘who we think will actually be nominated’.

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Halt-J? No Way - Mercury Winners Alt-J Will Continue Despite Gwil Sainsbury Exit


Alt-J Mercury Music Prize

In an unexpected shakeup of one of 2013’s most talked-about bands, Gwil Sainsbury left Alt-J following their Mercury win; but that doesn’t mean the end for the now-three-piece formed in Leeds back in 2007, as they’ve stated their intention to soldier on.

Alt-JThe then-four-piece Alt-J at the Q Awards 2012

The band announced the founder and bassist’s departure on Twitter, posting: “With regret, Gwil is leaving alt-J. This is purely a personal decision and as our best friend we support him completely,” on the 11th of January.

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Barclaycard Mercury Prize

Katy B - Barclaycard Mercury Prize held at the Roundhouse - Press Room - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 30th October 2013

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