James Blake won Britain's coveted Mercury Prize, beating out stiff competition from David Bowie, who was a favorite to take home the honor. Blake, 25, won for his latest effort Overgrown.
In addition to Bowie's The Next Day, Blake also beat out the Arctic Monkeys, who took home the 2006 Mercury Prize, Laura Mvula, Disclosure, Foals, Laura Marling, Jon Hopkins, Savages, Jake Bugg, Rudimental and Villagers.
"It's a moment you don't really expect to happen to you," Blake said in accepting the honor. "It's my first prize, except a tennis trophy at 12 years old in school. I hold them in equal esteem."
The Mercury Music Prize is awarded to the best British or Irish album of the year as decided by a panel of judges. The panel called Blake's album "inventive, poetic and poignant", adding that "James Blake makes music like no-one else."
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