James Blake Wins 2013 Mercury Prize For ‘Overgrown’

Written by Sarah Bella on 31st October, 2013

James Blake Wins 2013 Mercury Prize For ‘Overgrown’

The 2013 Mercury Prize winner has just been unveiled and surprisingly, the bookies’ odds-on favourites were left out in the cold with English electronic music producer and singer-songwriter James Blake taking out the title for his sophomore studio album, Overgrown.

The stunning album, which spawned the singles Retrograde and Overgrown, was an outsider with odds of 21/1 from bookies William Hill, who predicted that Laura Mvula‘s Sing To The Moon would be crowned winner, with odds of 11/10. Other nominees for the accolade, which is intended to be an alternative to the Brit Awards, included Laura Marling, Foals, Disclosure and Jake Bugg.

Blake himself was a perfect gentleman when accepting the award, simply saying, “I’m gonna thank my parents for showing me the importance of being self-sufficient”. Naw, ain’t that lovely. The 25-year-old singer-songwriter wooed Aussie audiences earlier this year on a trip Down Under to play Splendour In The Grass festival.


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