Mercury Prize goes to Speech Debelle

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The winner of this year’s Mercury Prize was announced last night. The award, given annually to the best album from the United Kingdom or Ireland, went this year to Speech Debelle for her debut album Speech Therapy.

The little-known London rapper beat out competition from heavy favorites Bat For Lashes (Two Suns), as well as Glasvegas (Glasvegas), Florence and the Machine (Lungs), Friendly Fires (Friendly Fires), Kasabian (West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum), La Roux (La Roux), Led Bib (Sensible Shoes), Lisa Hannigan (Sea Sew), Sweet Billy Pilgrim (Twice Born Men), The Horrors (Primary Colours) and The Invisible (The Invisible).

Speech Therapy is the lowest-selling album to have ever won The Mercury Music Prize, selling only around 3000 copies at the time of winning the prize. The album was just recently released in the U.S. by indie label Ninja Tune.

Last year the Mercury Prize went to Elbow for The Seldom Seen Kid. Past winners include The Klaxons, Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand.

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