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Teenage Derry singer loses out on Mercury Music Prize

Derry musician Soak (Bridie Monds-Watson) at the Mercury Music Prize. Picture by Ian West, Press Association
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TEENAGE Derry singer Soak has lost out on the Mercury Music Prize to singer-songwriter Benjamin Clementine.

Bridie Monds-Watson (19), who has been writing songs since the age of 13, had been nominated for her debut album Before We Forgot How To Dream.

She was among 12 artists, including Co Wicklow-born musician Róisín Murphy, who were in the running for the country's most prestigious music award.

London-born Clementine (25), who won the prize for his acclaimed album At Least For Now, dedicated his award to the victims of the Paris terror attacks.

He spent his early twenties living in the city, and busked on the metro as a struggling musician.

"I don't know what to say," he said as he accepted the prize, then invited all the other nominees to take to the stage with him.

He then broke into tears as he spoke of the attacks.

Earlier, Clementine said the attacks which claimed the lives of 130 people, left him "heartbroken".

He said: "Sometimes when someone passes away, and they're not part of your family, you send your condolences. But if they're part of the family, who do you send your condolences to?"

"That's how I felt - like a part of my family had been stolen from me."

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