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James Blake’s Overgrown wins Mercury Prize 2013

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    James-Blake-Overgrown

    James Blake has won this year’s Mercury Prize for Overgrown. The annual award honors the best album from the UK and Ireland as voted on by a panel of musicians, executives, journalists, and other industry figures.

    Blake beat out formidable opponents/albums like David Bowie’s The Next DayArctic Monkeys’ AM, James Blake’s Overgrown, Disclosure’s Settle, Savages’ Silence Yourself, Foals’ Holy Fire, Jon Hopkins’ Immunity, and Laura Marling’s Once I Was an Eagle. Prior to tonight’s announcement, Blake was a 22:1 favorite, according to the Telegraph. Laura Mvula, Disclosure, and Bowie were considered the favorites.

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    Blake was previously nominated in 2011 for his self-titled debut. Along with bragging rights, Blake receives £20,000 in cold, hard cash.

    Listen to Overgrown below.

    Last year, Alt-J took home the honors, and other past recipients include The xx, Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, PJ Harvey, Portishead, Primal Scream, Badly Drawn Boy, and Antony and the Johnsons.

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    Mercury Prize 2013 Nominees:
    David Bowie’s The Next Day
    Arctic Monkeys’ AM
    James Blake’s Overgrown
    Disclosure’s Settle
    Savages’ Silence Yourself
    Foals’ Holy Fire
    Laura Marling’s Once I Was an Eagle
    Jon Hopkins’ Immunity
    Laura Mvula’s Sing to the Moon
    Villagers’ Awayland
    Jake Bugg’s Jake Bugg
    Rudimental’s Home

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