Singer makes surprise return to the stage at ceremony

Amy Winehouse made a surprise live comeback at the Nationwide Mercury Music Prize ceremony tonight (September 4).

Speculation had been rife throughout the evening as to whether the singer, who had recently returned to London following a holiday in St Lucia and spells in rehab to tackle her drug addiction.

Organisers of the awards did not known if Winehouse would play or even appear until earlier this evening, however the singer arrived at the Grosvenor House Hote at 17.00 BST and soundchecked.

Later on, after performances from the other nominees including a rendition of ‘Flex’ from Dizzee Rascal and a sped-up run through of ‘Salvador’ from Jamie T, presenter Jools Holland introduced Winehouse.

Taking the stage wearing at 19.55 BST wearing a yellow dress she sang ‘Love Is A Losing Game’ backed by just an acoustic guitar.

She looked composed and sober, thin but healthy.

After performing she said “thank you”, then stepped down from the stage and kissed her husband Blake Fielder-Civil before joiner her family at her table.

The winner of this year’s Nationwide Mercury Music Prize will be announced just after 10pm BST, stay tuned to NME.COM live coverage of this year’s result.