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Speech Debelle has won the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2009 for her album 'Speech Therapy'. The rapper was named as winner of this year's honour by presenter Jools Holland at the award ceremony in the Grosvenor House Hotel in London last night (September 8). Photo: PA Photos

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"Thank you to the panellists, to my band, thank you so much to my mum, to my fans," Speech Debelle said, accepting her award. "Thank you to whoever's name's on the cheque. I'll be here all night – thank you very much, good night."  You can watch her full acceptance speech at NME.COM/news. Photo: PA Photos

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Host Jools Holland presented Speech Debelle with the winner's trophy and a cheque worth £20,000. The south Londoner won the music prize ahead of 11 other shortlisted acts, following in the footsteps of acts such as Klaxons, Arctic Monkeys and last year's victors Elbow. Photo: PA Photos

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Friendly Fires were also nominated. Earlier that day, drummer Jack Savidge had discharged himself from hospital after suffering from a virus to attend the ceremony. “Thank you, this is a beautiful award to be at,” guitarist Ed Gibson said, accepting the band’s nomination gong. “We’re very glad Jack could make it out of hospital to be here today.” Photo: PA Photos

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Kasabian opened up the event at around 7pm (BST), playing recent single ’Fire’. Singer Tom Meighan was sporting newly-shorn hair, and thanked the audience following the band’s performance. “It’s not often I’m lost for words,” he said. “Thank you for nominating us for the Mercury Prize, God bless, love you all.” You can watch a selection of last night's live performances at NME.COM/blogs. Photo: PA Photos

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The Horrors shared the same bookies' odds as suprise winner Speech Debelle and Friendly Fires, at 81/. Faris and co were among the acts to perform at last night's bash, with 'Who Can Say' taken their Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominated album 'Primary Colours'. Photo: PA Photos

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Irish songstress Lisa Hannigan was one of 12 acts nominated for this year's Mercury Prize for her debut album 'Sea Sew', which took just two weeks to complete. The songwriter, previously known for her work with Damien Rice, has also appeared on host Jools Holland's late-night show. Photo: PA Photos

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La Roux was wrong with her Mercury Prize predictions. The singer commented before last night's ceremony that Florence And The Machine or Friendly Fires would win: "There are select tracks on Florence and the Machine's album which really get me. And I really like Friendly Fires - they're the right amount of pop and alternative for the Mercurys. It always seems to be the ingredient they like." Photo: PA Photos

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Glasvegas frontman James Allan was absent from the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize, which meant the group were unable to perform as planned. "We did a festival in Italy and came back and the last I've seen of him was at the airport," guitarist Rab Allan told NME.COM at last night's bash (September 8).Photo: PA Photos

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Florence And The Machine singer Florence Welch believed Glasvegas deserved to scoop the Barclaycard Mercury Prize. Welch – who struck up a friendship with the band while on the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour earlier this year, told The Daily Record. "I would really love Glasvegas to win, they really deserve it. They are not the type of people to get carried away by it." Photo: PA Photos

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Elly Jackson, who made this year's shortlist with her self-titled debut album, was diffident about her chances of winning. "I'm not really expecting anything, I'm expecting to enjoy seeing the other bands play and enjoy playing", the singer said before the ceremony kicked off. Photo: PA Photos

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Shortlisted for her stunning second album 'Two Suns', Bat For Lashes -  aka Natasha Khan - performed 'Moon & Moon' last night at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2009, which was held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. Florence And The Machine also performed 'Dog Days Are Over' at the ceremony. Photo: PA Photos

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The little-known London-based quintet Led Bib were one of 12 nominated acts to arrive at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, shortlisted for their third album 'Sensible Shoes'. Photo: PA Photos

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Sweet Billy Pilgrim's album 'Twice Born Men' was up against releases by the likes of Kasabian, La Roux and Florence and the Machine at last night's ceremony (September 8). The intriguing trio, led by 37-year-old Tim Elsenburg add everyday noises like washing machines to their tracks, which clearly isn't everyone's cuppa. Photo: PA Photos

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Underdog Speech Debelle, who won the Barclaycard Mercury Prize last night (September 8), gave post-win speech in which she outlined her desire to work with Kings Of Leon. “One of my favourite bands is Kings Of Leon", said the London rapper, who won with her album ’Speech Therapy’. Photo: PA Photos

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The Barclaycard Mercury Prize has not been the only thing occupying The Horrors recently. Frontman Faris has recorded a version of 'I'll Be With You' by Atlanta-based tearaways The Black Lips. Using the name Lumina, which will be released later this month as a B-side to Black Lips forthcoming single. Photo: PA Photos

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