James Blake Wins 2013 Mercury Prize

Chris DeVille | October 30, 2013 - 6:05 pm

The nominees for this year’s Mercury Prize, awarded annually to the best album out of the United Kingdom, included works by Arctic Monkeys, James Blake, David Bowie, Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Foals, Jon Hopkins, Laura Marling, Laura Mvula, Rudimental, Savages, And Villagers. But only one record could take home all the mercury, and tonight that record was Blake’s Overgrown. Blake accepted the award during a ceremony at the London venue Roundhouse, taking over the crown from last year’s winner, Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave.

During a post-show interview on British TV channel More4, Blake — whom host Lauren Laverne introduced as “James Blunt” — said he was surprised to win and surprised about how emotionally overwhelmed he felt. He was previously nominated for his self-titled debut album in 2011. Earlier in the ceremony, he performed “Retrograde.” His full performance will air as part of the full ceremony broadcast Thursday night at 11 p.m. GMT/7 p.m. EDT on the U.K.’s Channel 4.

Also of note: Despite his video for James Murphy’s awesome “Love Is Lost” remix premiering at the ceremony, Bowie didn’t show up.