Benjamin Clementine’s 2015 is getting capped off with a prestigious honor. The 26-year-old’s debut studio album At Least for Now nabbed the Mercury Prize, awarded to the top album coming from the U.K. and Ireland.
“Dunno what to say,” he told The Guardian. “Thank you very much. I’d like to thank music. I can’t believe I’ve actually won this.” He then gave some inspirational words for any up-and-coming artists.
“I never thought I would say this. If anyone is watching, any child or youngster or student. The world is your oyster. Go out there and get what you want to get.”
Clementine bested a field of 12 total entries, including Aphex Twins, Florence + The Machine, and Jamie xx. His operatic voice powers At Least for Now, primarily filled out with his piano and lyrics.
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Past winners of the Mercury Prize, which began in 1992, include James Blake, Alt-J, The Arctic Monkeys, and PJ Harvey. Learn more about the award here. Listen to one of the album’s tracks, “Condolence,” below.