Benjamin Clementine wins the Mercury Music Prize, makes dedication to Paris
Benjamin Clementine was named the winner of the 2015 Mercury Music Prize on Friday night at an awards ceremony hosted at the BBC's Radio Theatre. Clementine's debut album At Least for Now eventually won out over a shortlist that included albums by Jamie xx, Roisin Murphy and former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes.
In an emotional acceptance speech, Clementine made a heartfelt dedication to the city of Paris and the victims of the recent terror attacks, having left his London home for the French capital in his early twenties, where he spent several years honing his talents by busking on the Paris Metro.
After winning a tight contest which host Lauren Laverne had described as “impossible” to decide, the singer dedicated his win to his friends in the city and promised to donate the £20,000 in prize money to buy musical equipment for the people of Edmonton, the London suburb in which he grew up.
In apparent disbelief after his win, the singer told a packed audience at Broadcasting House: "I made this album thinking only about 50 people would listen to it. My music isn't mainstream music. It goes to show that you've just got to be sincere in your work and people will listen to it."