The xx win 2010 Mercury Prize

September 8, 2010
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The xx are the winners of the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The trio picked up their award and a cheque for £20,000 at last night’s reception at the Grosvenor House hotel, in central London.The xx - xx

Collecting the award for their 2009 eponymous debut, singer and guitarist Ollie Sim said, “We have had the most incredible year and it’s felt like every day we have woken up to something incredible that we were expecting. It’s felt a bit like a haze to us, being here has been a weird moment of clarity. It just means so much.”

The xx were a popular choice among fans and critics, beating competion from 11 other nominated artists to win the prize. The other nominees for the 2010 Mercury Prize are as follows:

  • Biffy Clyro – Only Revolutions
  • Corinne Bailey Rae – The Sea
  • Dizzee Rascal – Tongue n’ Cheek
  • Foals – Total Life Forever
  • I Am Kloot – Sky at Night
  • Kit Downes Trio – Golden
  • Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
  • Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
  • Paul Weller – Wake Up the Nation
  • Villagers – Becoming a Jackal
  • Wild Beasts – Two Dancers

As spotlighted in our September gig guide, this month The xx will be playing Bestival on the Isle Of Wight before crossing the pond for 10 dates in North America including playing Toronto’s Massey Hall on 29 September.

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