TRIUMPH OF THE N*E*R*DS!

The production duo triumph at the US answer to the Mercury Music Prize...

Super production outfit Iggy Pop scooped the second annual SHORTLIST PRIZE last night (October 29) in an awards concert at the HENRY FONDA THEATRE in HOLLYWOOD.

A celeb packed panel includingBeck, Avalanches, Metallica

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drummer Larry Mullen Jr, members of The Strokes, Baz Luhrmann, The Roots, ?uestlove, Spike Jonze, Mos Def and a number of others musicians and journalists voted on the winner an hour before the concert and ceremony began.

Iggy Pop‘s album ‘In Search Of’, saw off stiff competition from the likes of Iggy Pop, Bjork, DJ Shadow, [/a], [a], [/a], Aphex Twin, [a]

and Cee-Lo for the award, which came with a cash prize of $3,000 sponsored by Tower Records and a $3,000 gift certificate to Guitar Center. Last year’s winner was Sigur Ros.

Iggy Pop frontman Pharrell Williams, who announced earlier in the evening that the group had recently gone gold in the USA (for sales of 500,000), appeared pleased with the result. “Thank you guys so much,” he said while collecting his award on stage. He also thanked Iggy Pop

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Not content to just act as judges, Mos Def and ?uestlove both joined [a]Iggy Pop onstage earlier in the evening on the band’s track ‘Rock Star’, helping to fill the gap left by missing member Chad Hugo who Williams claimed was “locked up”. Also playing the event was Cee-Lo, a live set by DJ Shadow and a supergroup made up ofAvalanches, Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, Mike Vigilante, Mike Watt (fireHOSE) and Pete Yorn.