Spector, Plan B, Huw Stephens and more react to Mercury win
As previously reported, the Oxford-based band won the annual prize for their album ‘An Awesome Wave’, beating off competition from Richard Hawley, Jessie Ware, Django Django, The Maccabess and Plan B on the list of 12 nominated albums. Plan B was among the artists extending his goodwill to Alt-J, tweeting “Congratulations!” to the band following the announcement.
Kapranos, himself a winner of the Mercury having picked it up in 2004 for Franz Ferdinand’s debut album, described ‘An Awesome Wave’ as a “great album” while fellow 2012 nominees Django Django tweeted: “Congrats Alt J. Now for a drink.”
It was not all positive however, with Los Campesinos!, Skream and Egyptian Hip Hop all suggesting somebody else should have won. Meanwhile, Fred Macpherson of Spector appeared bemused Kasabian had missed out on victory, despite them not being nominated.
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The winner was announced last night (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, Alt-J 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”.