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September 8, 2009, 9:29 pm
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Speech Debelle has bagged the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2009.
The first time a woman has won the Prize in 7 years. About bloody time!

Read our review of her winning album, Speech Therapy, here.


FREE MP3: Speech Debelle, ‘The Key’ [via RCRD LBL]
FREE MP3: Speech Debelle, ‘Go Then, Bye’ [Photomachine & EL-B remix]


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Let me prelude my upcoming remarks by saying I don’t think Speech Debelle is an unworthy Mercury winner, certainly when compared to her fellow nominees. Despite the accusations of “tokenism” to be found in The Guardian Online’s comments section, that’s not really what I think this amounts to.

That being said, if the panel looked at the white boy winners of the last five years they can’t fail to have felt some pressure to avoid awarding the obvious indie pick. Or at least to endeavour find a legitimate reason to do so. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. In a year of “equally worthy but blandly inoffensive”* nominees such as this, why shouldn’t it go to to the young black girl?

Awards are not important and The Mercury Prize is not an important award; reflective of very little beyond it’s own sense of self-importance, achieving little for the nominated or victorious artists beyond a brief spike in record sales.

That there were better records than all of those nominated this year only fuels arguments over the relevance of the awards themselves, but those arguments are not for now. Speech LaBelle has earned her moment in the spotlight and I hope she enjoys it.

*With the exception of La Roux, who is neither of those things.

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