Damon Gough claims the award on an emotional night in London...

Badly Drawn Boy has won this year’s TECHNICS MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE at an emotional ceremony in LONDON.

The event, which was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, was attended by representatives of the UK music industry and the 12 nominees for this year’s award, with the exception of ex-Verve vocalist Richard Ashcroft.

Badly Drawn Boy, aka Damon Gough, beat off stiff competition from one time favourites Coldplay and the hotly-tipped Kathryn Williams. Gough was quick to play his success down, both before and after the announcement at 10.20 this evening (September 12).

Speaking before the ceremony to, Gough compared himself to a “racehorse”.

He Said: “I’ve never had odds on my name before, I feel like some sort of racehorse, obviously, or some sort of greyhoound.

“When greyhounds catch up with their fake hare, they feel so embarrassed they can’t race again. I feel like that. If I catch up with this award, it’ll be like ‘Oh no, I can’t write again’.”

After the award was presented by Jools Holland, Gough was congratulated by fellow Mancunian nominees Doves, who play on Badly Drawn Boy‘s current hit single ‘Disillusion’.

Speaking after the ceremony to, Gough said: “I wanted to be the person who claps with a fake grin. I’ve been practising my false smile.

He added: “I wanna be around for 20 to 30 years writing records people are going to embrace…it’s a bit embarrassing.”

[url=]Click here to see the announcement and acceptance speech, and click back later to see interviews with Badly Drawn Boy, Doves, Delgados, Coldplay and Leftfield.