Published Sep 10, 2008And the winner of this years esteemed Nationwide Mercury Prize is drum-roll Elbow, for their album The Seldom Seen Kid. Yes, the humble five-piece beat out stiff competition from artists such as Radiohead, Neon Neon, the Last Shadow Puppets and the bookies favourite, Burial, to take one of the UKs most prestigious music awards.
Elbow received the accolade, as well as the £20,000 prize, last night (September 9) at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. During the bands acceptance speech, front-man Guy Garvey described winning the award as "quite literally the best thing thats ever happened to us.
He also dedicated the groups win to their late friend Brian Clancey, who was the inspiration behind the record. "He was one of the greatest men that ever lived, Garvey told the audience.
Elbows The Seldom Seen Kid came out earlier this year to much fanfare, and Exclaim!s review of the album can be read here.
Fifth times the charm, Radiohead.
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