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Laverne gets Blake's name wrong

Ceremony host Lauren Laverne introduced Blake as James Blunt at the Roundhouse last night, but later apologised on twitter for her slip-up.


Enfield born Blake says prize money will be put to good use

Enfield born singer and songwriter James Blake won the £20,000 prize last night Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Blake, a 25-1 outsider to win, is a Goldsmiths College music graduate who was previously nominated for the Mercury for his self-titled debut album which he recorded at his home in New Cross, south east London.

Accepting his award, he said it was "amazing" to be in the running for an award with chart veteran David Bowie.

Asked what he would spend the money on, he said: "I'll make sure it goes to some good use".

He added: "This is the first award I've ever won apart from a tennis trophy which I won when I was about 12-years-old at my school and I'll hold them in equal esteem".

James Blake beats five other London acts

James Blake at the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize ceremony in London

Londoner James Blake has been awarded this year's Mercury Prize. His album 'Overgrown' was selected by a panel of industry judges. The singer from Enfield was among 6 London artists shorlisted and beat the likes of David Bowie as well as former winners The Arctic Monkeys.


James Blake and Disclosure also nominated for awards

James Blake - Overgrown

Blake is a Goldsmiths College music graduate who was previously nominated for the Mercury for his self-titled debut album which he recorded at his home in New Cross. The musician, produced his second album himself and it features contributions from Brian Eno and RZA from Wu-Tang Clan.

Judges said: "Late night music for the digital age. An inventive, poignant and poetic record of great beauty." Credit: Press Association

Disclosure - Settle

Disclosure is made up of musician brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence, aged 19 and 22 from Reigate in Surrey. The electronic duo went to number one with the release of their debut album this year. It features vocals by collaborators from solo stars such as Jessie Ware, Eliza Doolittle and Jamie Woon.

Judges said: "A joyous pop record for clubbers; an infectious dance record for pop fans."

London acts nominated for Mercury Music Prize

Rudimental - Home

Electronic music quartet Rudimental are based in Hackney, and released their debut album in April. They have worked with guest vocalists such as John Newman and have already notched up two chart-topping singles with Feel The Love and Waiting All Night.

Judges said: "A jubilant and thrilling showcase for an audacious new British dance act." Credit: Press Association

Savages - Silence Yourself

The all-female pop-punk act - with a name inspired by literary classic Lord Of The Flies - formed two years ago and made their debut supporting British Sea Power. The London-based band released their debut album in May.

Judges said: "Art-punk for our times - intense, enthralling and formidable."

David Bowie - The Next Day

The Next Day became Bowie's 24th studio album when it was released in March of this year and broke a recording silence of a decade.

Judges said: "David Bowie celebrates his legendary songwriting ability with panache and a remarkable sense of urgency." Credit: Press Association
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