Elbow Win the Mercury Prize

Elbow Win the Mercury Prize
And the winner of this year’s 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 UK’s 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 band’s acceptance speech, front-man Guy Garvey described winning the award as "quite literally the best thing that’s ever happened to us.”

He also dedicated the group’s 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.

Elbow’s The Seldom Seen Kid came out earlier this year to much fanfare, and Exclaim!’s review of the album can be read here.

Fifth time’s the charm, Radiohead.

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