Alt-J Win Mercury Prize

Michael Nelson | November 1, 2012 - 6:36 pm

Yes, Alt-J was left off our list of the 40 Best New Artists Of 2012, much to the apparent dismay of many commenters, but cry no longer for the British band: They just won the Mercury Prize.

The band’s debut album, An Awesome Wave, was dubbed the best British album of the year by a panel of music industry types and critics. It beat out 11 other pretty strong contenders, including:

Jessie Ware – Devotion
Django Django – Django Django
The Maccabees – Given To The Wild
Roller Trio – Roller Trio
Richard Hawley – Standing At The Sky’s Edge
Field Music – Plumb
Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
Ben Howard – Every Kingdom
Plan B – Ill Manners
Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough
Sam Lee – Ground Of Its Own

Apparently Winterfylleth’s The Threnody Of Triumph was overlooked. Weird. Congrats to Alt-J! And to everyone who is not Alt-J! You’re all winners in my eyes.

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