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Last Updated: Wednesday September 09 2009 10:37 GMT

Shock winner of big music prize

Speech Debelle

Rapper Speech Debelle sprang a big surprise when she won the Mercury Music Prize on Tuesday night.

Her album Speech Therapy earned the rapper the £20,000 prize for the best British or Irish album of the year.

The win was a bit of a shock as fewer than 3,000 copies of the album have been sold since it came out in June.

But that may all change very quickly, as the winning album every year gets a big boost in sales, and this year is sure to be no different.

When naming Speech Therapy the winning album the Mercury judges said: "A remarkable new voice in British hip-hop, tough, warm and reflective. Wonderfully supple rhymes and beautifully subtle music."

Mercury Prize nominees
Florence and the Machine
Florence And The Machine
La Roux
Bat For Lashes
The Horrors
Friendly Fires
Speech Debelle
Lisa Hannigan
Sweet Billy Pilgrim
The Invisible
Led Bib

Before the winner was announced many experts expected Florence and the Machine, Bat For Lashes or Kasabian to win.

But instead it was 26-year-old Speech who took home the trophy.

Afterwards she said: "There's a lot of music that sounds the same, all day on the radio, and my album don't sound like their album and it's still won the Mercury Prize.

"Hopefully this will throw a wrench in the system and people will hear this album and realise they don't have to make music that sounds the same - they can make music that sounds good."