Speech Debelle wins Mercury Prize 2009


With her debut album ‘Speech Therapy’ selling only 3,000 copies it came as quite a shock when the winner of this prestigious award was finally announced as Speech Debelle, real name Corynne Eliot. Beating the likes of Bat for Lashes, Florence and The Machine, and Glasvegas to the finishing post. My money was on Florence, but this just highlights the unpredictability of the award. If you didnt know already previous winners of the Mercury prize and £20,000 include Ms Dynamite and more famously Dizzee Rascal for his debut album ‘Boy In The Corner’.


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