Early in the Mercury Prize ceremony at London’s Roundhouse Mercury Prize host Lauren Laverne accidentally introduced James Blake as ‘James Blunt,’ however, he went on to take the main prize.
Accepting the trophy Blake said, “I’m going to thank my parents for showing me the importance of being self-sufficient and also to Ben, Rob and Dan for showing me the importance of letting people help you. Thanks.”
Blake’s second album, Overgrown, earned the annual trophy awarded to the best album by an artist from the United Kingdom over the past year. The musician, whose father was a member of the band Colosseum, produced the album himself and it features contributions from Brian Eno and RZA from Wu-Tang Clan.
The shortlist also included David Bowie’s The Next Day, Disclosure’s Settle, Savages’ Silence Yourself and Laura Mvula’s Sing to the Moon. Blake was nominated in 2011, but lost out to PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake.
The Daily Mail reported that bookmakers had made Birmingham-born Mvula 7/4 to win followed by eDisclosure, Foals and David Bowie, who surprised fans by returning to music with his The Next Day album.
Earlier in the evening, according to The Mail, Blake said that he would like to see Laura Marling take the prize if he didn’t and claimed he would spend the £20,000 prize money by buying ‘a crazy golf course for the front of my garden. The obstacles will be all the other artists who are nominated in pottery miniature, with little golf clubs.’
Released last April, Overgrown has sold 43,000 copies to date in the U.S. and takes over the Mercury crown from Alt-J’s album An Awesome Wave.
The evening’s host mistakenly called out the name of the ‘You’re Beautiful’ singer to the amusement of the crowd as electronica artist Blunt – whose second album ‘Retrograde’ has been nominated for this year’s gong – took to the stage to perform.In the break between artist performances and the winner announcement, Laverne tweeted about her “three letter” mishap. She wrote: