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.