Blake Mercury Prize

October 31, 2013 by  

Blake Mercury Prize, Electronic artist James Blake has won this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize with his second album, Overgrown.

“Well, I lost the bet,” Blake said after beating bookies’ favourite Laura Mvula and stars like David Bowie and Arctic Monkeys to the £20,000 prize.

Judges called his record “inventive, poetic and poignant”, adding “James Blake makes music like no-one else”.

The Mercury Prize, for the best British or Irish album of the year, was handed out at the Roundhouse in north London.

Mercury Prize winner James Blake’s video for Retrograde, the first single from his album Overgrown

In a brief acceptance speech, Blake thanked his parents “for showing me the importance of being self-sufficient”.

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