James Blake has won this year’s Mercury Prize for Overgrown. The annual award honors the best album from the UK and Ireland as voted on by a panel of musicians, executives, journalists, and other industry figures.
Blake beat out formidable opponents/albums like David Bowie’s The Next Day, Arctic Monkeys’ AM, James Blake’s Overgrown, Disclosure’s Settle, Savages’ Silence Yourself, Foals’ Holy Fire, Jon Hopkins’ Immunity, and Laura Marling’s Once I Was an Eagle. Prior to tonight’s announcement, Blake was a 22:1 favorite, according to the Telegraph. Laura Mvula, Disclosure, and Bowie were considered the favorites.
Blake was previously nominated in 2011 for his self-titled debut. Along with bragging rights, Blake receives £20,000 in cold, hard cash.
Listen to Overgrown below.
Last year, Alt-J took home the honors, and other past recipients include The xx, Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, PJ Harvey, Portishead, Primal Scream, Badly Drawn Boy, and Antony and the Johnsons.
Mercury Prize 2013 Nominees:
David Bowie’s The Next Day
Arctic Monkeys’ AM
James Blake’s Overgrown
Savages’ Silence Yourself
Foals’ Holy Fire
Laura Marling’s Once I Was an Eagle
Jon Hopkins’ Immunity
Laura Mvula’s Sing to the Moon
Jake Bugg’s Jake Bugg