By: Spacelab Research Staff
The Mercury Prize, the U.K.'s award for the best and most innovative new band from Britain or Ireland, has announced the winner for this year's award. In a startling upset, the Klaxons have won the award.
The ceremony was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The Klaxons won for their album Myths of the Near Future, so the band will take the prize and the £20,000 that goes with it.
Reacting to the win, James Righton said "This really is too much declared." Jamie Reynolds said "It was the worst two hours of our sitting there not knowing if we'd won. It means so much."
The ceremony also brought about the return to live form of Amy Winehouse, who has been battling drug addiction and a fast lifestyle with her husband Blake Fielder-Civil. After a quick trip to rehab, Amy and her husband were said to be in the Carribbean last week, with speculation over drug use abound but unproven. It was unsure as to whether she would make it to her scheduled performance after a number of cancelled appearances in the past month. By most accounts, she played a good performance and looked healthy.
A panel of musicians, artists, business experts, and writers vote for the winner from the shortlist. Winning the award has lead to great success for most bands in the year that follows the award.
Mercury Music Prize: The Shortlist: Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
Basquiat Strings (with Seb Rochford) - Basquiat Strings
Bat For Lashes - Fur and Gold
Dizzee Rascal - Maths + English
Jamie T - Panic Prevention
Klaxons - Myths of the Near Future
Maps - We Can Create
New Young Pony Club - Fantastic Playroom
Fionn Regan - The End of History
The View - Hats Off to the Buskers
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
The Young Knives - Voices of Animals and Mens