Benjamin Clementine wins Mercury Prize and pays tribute to Paris victims

Clementine picks up award for 'At Least For Now' at the London ceremony this evening (November 20)

Benjamin Clementine has won this year’s Mercury Prize with ‘At Least For Now’.

The winner of the Mercury Prize 2015 was announced at Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House in London earlier this evening (November 20). Clementine gave a short acceptance speech, telling the audience: “Don’t know what to say. Thank you very much. I’d like to thank music. I never thought I’d say this but to any child listening the world is your oyster. Clementine then invited all of the nominated artists into the stage with him.

Clementine performed his track ‘Cornerstone’ at the ceremony. On winning the award, he added “I’d like to dedicate this to the people of Paris.” Clementine spent time busking in the French capital earlier in his career.

Young Fathers won the award last year for their album ‘Dead’, while James Blake took the prize in 2013 for his album ‘Overgrown’. Jamie xx was the bookies favourite to win the prize this year.

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The shortlist – celebrating the best albums of the past 12 months released by a British or Irish artist – was chosen by an independent judging panel, which this year included former nominees Anna Calvi, Corinne Bailey Rae and Nick Mulvey among broadcasters, journalists and DJs.

Prior to the ceremony NME readers voted for Jamie xx as their favourite to win the Mercury Prize this year.

The xx member was followed in the poll by Wolf Alice and Slaves, with Gaz Coombes, Florence and Aphex also among the nominees with the most votes.

Clementine posted a thank you message to his Facebook account following the win:

Thank you, to the fine people who chose me as the winner for the Album of the Year Mercury Prize award. This accolade…

Posted by Benjamin Clementine on Friday, 20 November 2015