James Blake Mercury Prize

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.

Comments (10)
  1. Deserved. This guy is a genius.

  2. Savages :C

    Overgrown was nice but Silence Yourself was on an entirely different level.

  3. I just wanted Savages to win. :( Fair enough to him though, well deserved.

  4. Savages, James Blake, and Disclosure all had great albums.

  5. James Blake should have won in 2011 and Foals should have won this year.

  6. Yay James! He for sure deserves it, Overgrown is one of my favorite albums this year. He’s shown so much growth as an artist since his eps…ahhh!

    It’s even more impressive that he won against Savages, Disclosure and Laura Marling (SUCH AN UNDERRATED ALBUM!), who both also had really awesome records.

  7. I’m sure that Kevin Shields will have something to say about this.

  8. It’s been a top year for British music. Any of that first 6 + Savages would have been perfect.

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