2013 Mercury Prize Goes to James Blake
Congratulations to James Blake, winner of the 2013 Mercury Prize! His album Overgrown beat out contestants like David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys, Laura Marling, and eight other's for the coveted award for musicians from Britain and Ireland.
Blake was nominated once before in 2011 for his eponymous debut album, but lost it to PJ Harvey's album Let England Shake. All the artists nominated for the Mercury Prize inevitably receive huge boosts in album sales due to the prestigious nature of the award. In addition to publicity, the winner of the Mercury Prize gets 20,000 pound, or $32,000.
Below is the music video for "Retrograde", the lead single from James Blake's album Overgrown.