benjamin clementine

THE 2015 Mercury Prize winner has been revealed as Benjamin Clementine with the singer dedicating the prize to Paris.

The Londoner received the prestigious prize for his debut album At Least For Now after beating off competition from the likes of Florence + The Machine, Wolf Alice and Supergrass star Gaz Coombes.

“I don’t know what to say,” the 26-year-old said as he accepted the prize, then invited all the other nominees to take to the stage with him. He then broke down in tears as he dedicated his award to the victims of the Paris terror attacks.

As a teenager, Clementine slept rough and struggled to make a living, busking in the streets and believing in his music.

Reflecting on the Mercury Prize, he said: “I always believed in my music but after Paris happened, I was very down.

“I didn’t think I would win. I always wanted to be nominated for this award, but I didn’t think to myself that I’d win it. I always made a joke about it!”

Watch the video for ‘London’ below: