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Past winner Benjamin Clementine isn’t too wild about Ed Sheeran being nominated for the Mercury Prize…

Benjamin Clementine has spoken of his disillusionment at the Mercury Prize after they shortlisted Ed Sheeran for the award this year.

Clementine won the prestigious award in 2015 for his acclaimed debut album ‘At Least For Now’ – beating the likes of Jamie xx, Florence + The Machine and Wolf Alice. Now however, he’s said that he has become disillusioned with the Prize after Ed Sheeran was among those shortlisted in 2017.

Speaking of life after the Mercurys, he told Gigwise “after winning that, they’ve just kept their mouths shut and it’s let me do what I’ve wanted to do for my second album.

“It was a beautiful moment but, you know, if Ed Sheeran is getting nominated for it then you might as well just forget about it.”

The Mercury Prize 2017 was won by Sampha, who beat competition from the likes of Stormzy, The xx, Glass Animals, Loyle Carner and J Hus.

After collaborating with Gorillaz on their track ‘Hallelujah Money‘, Benjamin Clementine’s second album ‘I Tell A Fly’ will be released on October 2. His upcoming UK tour dates are below.

Tue October 24 2017 – DUBLIN Button Factory Wed October 25 2017 – LIVERPOOL Invisible Wind Factory Thu October 26 2017 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Riverside Sat October 28 2017 – GLASGOW Stereo Sun October 29 2017 – SHEFFIELD Plug Mon October 30 2017 – LEEDS Brudenell Social Club Tue October 31 2017 – BIRMINGHAM Mama Roux’s Wed November 01 2017 – CAMBRIDGE Junction Thu November 02 2017 – CAMBRIDGE Junction Fri November 03 2017 – OXFORD O2 Academy Oxford Sat November 04 2017 – DOVER Booking Hall Mon November 06 2017 – LEICESTER O2 Academy Leicester Tue November 07 2017 – NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms Wed November 08 2017 – BRIGHTON Concorde 2 Fri November 10 2017 – LONDON Printworks Sat November 11 2017 – MANCHESTER Manchester Academy 2 Sun November 12 2017 – NORWICH Norwich Arts Centre Mon November 13 2017 – PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms Tue November 14 2017 – BRISTOL Marble Factory

22/09/2017 14:55:53
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