At Least for Now, the debut album from British-French singer-songwriter Benjamin Clementine, has won the 2015 Mercury Prize. The annual award honors the best album from the UK and Ireland as voted on by a panel of musicians, executives, journalists, and other industry figures.
Clementine, 26, beat out formidable candidates including Aphex Twin, Jamie xx, and Florence and the Machine to win the award. In addition to bragging rights, he receives a handsome £20,000 in cash.
Last year, Young Fathers took home the award for their album Dead. Other past recipients include James Blake, Alt-J, The xx, Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, PJ Harvey, Portishead, Primal Scream, Badly Drawn Boy, and Antony and the Johnsons.
Mercury Prize 2015 Nominees:
Aphex Twin – Syro
Benjamin Clementine – At Least for Now
C Duncan – Architect
ESKA – ESKA
Florence and the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Gaz Coombes – Matador
Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin
Jamie xx – In Colour
Róisín Murphy – Hairless Toys
Slaves – Are You Satisfied?
SOAK – Before We Forgot How to Dream
Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool