James Blake Takes Mercury Prize; Losers Include Bowie, Arctic Monkeys

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British electronic musician/singer-songwriter James Blake has won this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize for his 2013 album, Overgrown, beating out David Bowie’s The Next Day, Arctic Monkeys’ AM, Savages’ Silence Yourself and others.

A group of music critics and music industry players choose the winner each year.

Past winners have included Portishead, PJ Harvey and the xx.

Here’s the shortlist of losing nominees:

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

Watch these videos from Blake’s winning album:

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