Alt-J win Mercury Prize, Will Young takes Popjustice prize

By | Published on Thursday 1 November 2012


No surprises here then – though with the Mercury Prize, the lack of surprise is sometimes a surprise. So, Alt-J have just been presented with the Mercury for 2012, the buzzy, buzzy Infectious-signed band having been a bookies’ favourite before even the shortlist was announced (though, interestingly, they dropped into second place for a while¬†in the William Hill odds once said shortlist was published in September).

Meanwhile, across town, a certain Will Young won himself a somewhat smaller cash prize (let’s face it, he doesn’t need the money) by taking the Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize for his 2011 track ‘Jealousy’. I’m thinking there’s a sign-off sentence to this story involving Alt-J being ‘jealous’ of Will, cos they really wanted the pop prize, but it’s late and I can’t quite work it out. But I might have something together in time for our full report on both awards in¬†tomorrow’s CMU Daily.

Story updated at 11.10pm.