Benjamin Clementine Wins The Mercury Prize 2015

Congratulations, and celebrations!

Ooh, that were a right hotly contested musical battle, weren't it?

If you missed it, Lauren Laverne just announced live on BBC4/6Music (after a night of live performances and MUCH discussion) that Benjamin Clementine is this year's winner of the esteemed Mercury Prize.

The result comes after weeks of speculation on who those keen tastemakers known as ‘bookies' have deemed their favourites to win, second-guessing the actual judging panel what picks it.

From the shortlist of 12 (listed below), Benjamin was plucked to hoist the award on the basis of his debut album, 'At Least For Now', being deemed rather good, and in the process bags £20,000.

"I can't believe I've actually won this," he said huskily, before offering some sage advice: "If there's anyone watching – any child, any youngster, a student – the world is your oyster. Just go out there and get whatever you want to get."

He then invited all the other nominess to share the stage, while he dedicated his award to those victims of last week's tragedy in Paris, his adopted hometown.

A worthy winner? Let us know what you think on Twitter.

The full nominations were:

Aphex Twin – 'SYRO'
Wolf Alice – 'My Love Is Cool'
Roisin Murphy – 'Hairless Toys'
C Duncan – 'Architect'
Eska – 'Eska'
Florence + The Machine – 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful'
Ghostpoet – 'Shedding Skin'
Benjamin Clementine – 'At Least For Now'
Jamie xx – 'In Colour'
SOAK – 'Before We Forgot How To Dream'
Gaz Coombes – 'Matador'
Slaves – 'Are You Satisfied'

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