TV ON THE RADIO scooped the SHORTLIST MUSIC PRIZE in LOS ANGELES last night (November 15).
The Shortlist Music Prize, now in its fourth year, is nominated by music industry insiders and artists like Perry Farrell, Beck and Josh Homme, who strive to honour one of the most creative albums of the year, but one which sells less than 500,000 copies.
“It’s like the equivalent to the Mercury (Music Prize),” nominee Dizzee Rascal told NME.COM during the show. “It recognises the artists’ talent and creativity more than the mainstream success.”
Following their win TVOTR vocalist Tunde Adebimpe told NME.COM he was still coming to terms with picking up their original nomination. “It’s a little weird,” he said. “We met ?uestlove and he said ‘I nominated you guys for the Shortlist Awards’ and we’re just like ‘Oh my god ?uestlove knows who we are.’ We just kind of freaked out about it so I’m psyched [about winning tonight]. I’m glad.”
Beck, former The Killers bassist Paz Lechantin and Franz Ferdinand’ Brody Dalle and Andy Granelli were among the guests who turned up to see TV On the Radio beat competition from Loretta Lynn, Streets, Dizzee Rascal, Dizzee Rascal and Wilco for the award. Also beaten out was [/a] who TVOTR were honoured to be nominated alongside. “He’s sick, sick, sick. Seriously. Your grandchildren will be listening to [a] and be better for it,” Adebimpe said. “It’s nice to be in one place with bands who we liked.”
In addition to a statute, the band will receive $10,000 prize money, which Adebimpe says he already has some plans for. “I’m going to pay some back rent,” he laughed. “I’m going to take my cats to the vet. I’ve been on tour for fourteen months so I want to make sure they’re going to live into the next horrible part of the millennium.”