In a surprise victory, the Klaxons won the coveted Mercury Prize last night. The big news of the evening was the “surprise” performance by fellow nominee but recent rehab resident Amy Winehouse. Many (including myself) assumed Winehouse was a lock to win (she has all the right ingredients for what usually equals this prize). But, the boys from “new rave” quartet Klaxons, garnered the award in the end. From the post-awards press conference (courtesy of BBC News):
Were they surprised to have beaten Amy?
“No,” came the immediate response from [Klaxons member] Jamie. “I thought that she gave a fantastic performance and I absolutely love her record. But her record is a retro record and we’ve made the most forward-thinking record in I don’t know how long. I think that’s what the Mercury is about, and not about a retro record, so I think we deservedly beat Amy Winehouse.”
James added: “It was quite a shame that every question we got asked today was about whether Amy Winehouse was going to win the award. It took the focus away from the fact that the Mercury Music Prize is about music.”