Wayne Blake Wins the 2013 Mercury Prize

The particular artist was honored tonight in a awards show in London

James Blake won Excellent Britain’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize this evening for his album Overgrown in a ceremony that was held at the Roundhouse in London, England. The prize features a check for £20, 000 (a little over $32, 000) and a trophy. Blake performed “Retrograde” at the wedding ceremony earlier in the evening, and it was broadly reported that he had been introduced accidentally as James Blunt.


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The Mercury Reward honors the best British album over the past year, as chosen by a screen of music critics and market insiders. The prize committee announced its shortlist of Albums from the Year in September. It contained 12 LPs by Arctic Monkeys, James Blake, David Bowie, Disclosure, Foals, Jake Bugg, Jon Hopkins, Laura Marling, Laura Mvula, Rudimental, Savages and Villagers.


Rolling Stone ‘s review of Blake’s album Overgrown , which fits R& B hooks with EDM fourishes, lauded the record given that “Blake toned down the twitchiness and concentrated on the tunes, ” in comparison to his 2011 self-titled debut. It also singled out “Retrograde, ” which the artist performed this year on Letterman, like a “surging torch ballad, ” stating the album “holds you in the spell. ” Part of the magic comes from the fact that Ovegrown features some notable guests, including RZA of the Wu-Tang Group on “Take a Fall for Me” and some production work by John Eno on “Digital Lion. ” One of its songs, “Life Round Right here, ” later got attention for any remix that featured Chance the particular Rapper.


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The awards show featured performances from many of the other musicians on the shortlist, including Foals, Mike Bugg, Savages, Rudimental, Disclosure, Villagers, James Blake, Jon Hopkins and Arctic Monkeys. David Bowie chose not to attend, based on the NME , but instead premiered a video for “Love Is Lost, ” off his Mercury-nominated album The Next Day . The video cost an esitmated $13 to produce and features puppets.


Last year, the particular Mercury Prize went to Alt-J for their album, An Awesome Influx . Previous winners have integrated PJ Harvey for two LPs (Let England Shake and Stories From your City, Stories From the Sea), the particular xx for xx , Arctic Monkeys for Whatever People Say We are, That’s What I’m Not and Franz Ferdinand for their self-titled album. The eligible Albums of the Year for 2013 had been:


Arctic Monkeys, AM
David Bowie, The Next Day
James Blake, Overgrown
Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg
Disclosure, Settle
Foals, Holy Fire
Jon Hopkins, Immunity
Laura Marling, Once I Was a good Eagle
Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon
Rudimental, Home
Savages, Silence Yourself
Villagers, Awayland

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