UPDATE | 18:44 EST – Elbow Wins Mercury Prize
This is a coup for Elbow. They have beat out serious competition from Radiohead and Burial to take home the £20,000 prize for their latest album The Seldom Seen Kid.
Alternative Rock band Elbow have won the Nationwide Mercury Prize for the best album of the past year, seven years after first being nominated.
The group, who beat Dubstep producer Buria[l] and Radiohead scooped the £20,000 prize for The Seldom Seen Kid, which is their fourth studio album.
“This is quite literally the best thing that’s ever happened to us,” said lead singer Guy Garvey.
In 2001 the band were shortlisted for their debut album Asleep in the Back.
Musician Jools Hollands presented them with the prize at the ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.
“I know I’m supposed to be cool and say something coy, but it’s literally the best thing that’s ever happened to us,” Garvey said.
Before leaving the stage he dedicated the award to a friend, saying he was “one of the greatest men who ever lived”.
PREVIOUSLY | 16:44 EST — Burial Odds-On Favourite to Win Mercury Prize
The UK’s prestigious Mercury Music Prize awards show will be held tonight in London and the odds-on favourite to win, despite fierce competition from the likes of Radiohead, Elbow, and Robert Plant, is the acclaimed electronic ‘dubstep’ producer Burial.
If you’re in doubt about the prize-worthiness of his music, have a listen to his brilliant second album Untrue and you’ll soon be swept into Will Bevan’s moody, atmospheric, and hypnotic world of stuttery beats and floating melodies.
Although the album is filled with stunning tunes, Archangel, is a truly incomparable new classic.
And if you need further convincing, even Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood are big fans.
Dubstep producer Burial is the bookmakers’s favourite to win the Mercury Prize, which will be presented in London on Tuesday night.
The secretive, south London-based musician – real name Will Bevan – is the 4/6 front runner, ahead of Elbow, Radiohead and Laura Marling.
Chart favourites Adele and Estelle are trailing the field at 40/1, according to Ladbrokes.
Coverage of the Mercury Music Prize begins at 2200 BST on BBC Two.