Alt-J win 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize – watch

The band are awarded the prize for their debut album 'An Awesome Wave'

Alt-J win 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize – watch

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Alt-J have won this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

The winner was announced this evening (November 1) at a ceremony at the Roundhouse in London. This was the first time the event has been held at the venue and was hosted by Radio/TV presenter Lauren Laverne, who took over from the ceremony's previous host, Jools Holland.

On accepting their prize, the shocked group thanked their parents for not making them get jobs as well as acknowledging "all of Team Alt-J". Speaking to backstage presenter Nick Grimshaw, they admitted they hadn't yet "synthesised the information".

Alt-J were earlier named NME.com user's favourite to win the Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The band were also named bookies favourites to win the coveted award.

The winner was declared live on Channel 4 at 10pm (GMT), following a short introductory programme broadcast on 4music, which was presented by BBC Radio 1 Breakfast host Nick Grimshaw. All 12 nominees performed on the night. You can watch the broadcast in full, including those live performances, tomorrow night (November 2) at 11.35pm (GMT) on Channel 4.

The full list of nominees was:

Alt-J - 'An Awesome Wave'
Ben Howard – 'Every Kingdom'
Django Django – 'Django Django'
Field Music – 'Plumb'
Jessie Ware – 'Devotion'
Lianne La Havas – 'Is Your Love Big Enough?'
Michael Kiwanuka – 'Home Again'
Plan B – 'iLL Manors'
Richard Hawley – 'Standing at the Sky's Edge'
Roller Trio – 'Roller Trio'
Sam Lee – 'Ground of its Own'
The Maccabees – 'Given to the Wild'


The 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize was won by PJ Harvey for her album 'Let England Shake'.

Scroll down to see Alt-J speaking at the winners conference after their Mercury victory.

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