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Sunday 22 October 2017

Villagers lose out again as Blunt...sorry, Blake, wins Mercury

Conor O'Brien of Villagers. Photo: Zak Hussein/Getty Images
Conor O'Brien of Villagers. Photo: Zak Hussein/Getty Images

There was disappointment last night for Villagers who lost out to James Blake at the UK's Mercury Music Prize award ceremony in London.

The Dun Laoghaire band led by Conor O'Brien were nominated for their second album Awayland – but missed out again, having also been nominated for their debut album Becoming A Jackal in 2010.

There was controversy at the televised ceremony after host Lauren Laverne got the winner James Blake's name wrong, mistakenly introducing him on stage at London's Roundhouse as James Blunt.

Blake beat stars including David Bowie to win the £20,000 prize for his album Overgrown.

 

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Accepting his award, he said it was "amazing" to be in the running for an award with the chart veteran.

Asked what he would spend the money on, he said: "I can tell you what I'm not going to do with it, piss it up the wall. I'll make sure it goes to some good use".

He added: "This is the first award I've ever won apart from a tennis trophy when I was about 12-years-old and I'll hold them in equal esteem".

Laverne later apologised on Twitter for her slip-up, writing: "Never felt better than I do tonight about artists who have fractionally dissimilar fore and surnames. £MercuryPrize £Irony"

Blake, a 25-1 outsider to win, is a Goldsmiths College music graduate who was previously nominated for the Mercury for his self-titled debut album.

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