James Blake Wins 2013 Mercury Prize for Overgrown

James Blake won the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for best album on Wednesday for “Overgrown”, with the winner announced at the end of a star-packed concert and awards event in London.

The album selected by a panel of music industry experts as the best of the year from British or Irish artists carries a 20,000-pound ($32,200) cash prize but more importantly helps to boost sales.

Blake, 25 of London, who is known for his melancholy tunes but also incorporates hip hop and electropop, said as he collected his award on the stage of London’s Roundhouse that he wanted to thank his fellow band members for “showing the importance of letting other people help you”.

Asked if he would give a description of his music, which many critics have had trouble characterizing, Blake said: “No, because that will come right back at me.”

Pressed on the point, he said that his music “…keeps changing so I keep writing new music.”


The shortlist for this year’s award was as follows:

Arctic Monkeys – “AM”

David Bowie – “The Next Day”

Disclosure – “Settle”

Foals – “Holy Fire”

James Blake – “Overgrown”

Jake Bugg – “Jake Bugg”

Jon Hopkins – “Immunity”

Laura Marling – “Once I Was An Eagle”

Laura Mvula – “Sing To The Moon”

Rudimental – “Home”

Savages – “Silence Yourself”

Villagers – “{Awayland}”

Source Reuters

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