Corynne Elliot, Debelle, cannabis, London, seven years
2009 Mercury music prize winner Speech Debelle - real name Corynne Elliot, pictured September 2009.The 26-year old rapper from south London accepted the prize for her debut album Speech Therapy, making her the first woman in seven years to scoop the coveted industry award. *** Local Caption *** Speech Debelle is the toast of the pop world after winning the Mercury Music Prize.Speech Debelle received a standing ovation on Tuesday night (8th Sept.) when awarded the gong, along with a ??20,000 cheque, for her little-known but critically acclaimed album, Speech Therapy.Before her win, it had sold less than 3,000 copies. Now it is set to storm the charts as her career takes off.Not bad for a girl suspended from school 11 times, kicked out of home after a row with her single mum, and who smoked cannabis from 15.
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