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xx win Mercury

By | Published on Wednesday 8 September 2010

So The xx have won the 2010 Mercury Music Prize, or the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, as those who like credit more than the actual music insist on calling it.

Despite that previously reported Weller wobble in recent days, when punters started betting for Mr Paul to win, seemingly on the basis that he’ll die soon so should be given the Prize while there’s still chance, the London-based The xx had been favourites to win the Mercury honour and its twenty grand prize money pretty much ever since the nominations list was announced back in July.

Nevertheless, frontman Oliver Sim seemed very surprised when his band were actually declared winners. According to the BBC, as he accepted the award he said: “I don’t know what we were expecting but we weren’t expecting this. Thank you so much. We’ve had the most incredible year and it has just felt like every day we’ve just woken up to something incredible we just weren’t expecting. It has felt just like a haze. Being here is like a moment of clarity in all that’s happening”.

So that’s nice. A well deserved win, I think you’ll agree. Or maybe you won’t. Either way, surely we can all unite in relief that Weller didn’t get it and someone in their creative ascent did.

In related news, Example’s ‘Kickstarts’ was declared the best British pop single of the last twelve months by the esteemed panel of Popjustice’s Twenty Quid Music Prize.