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7 September 2010, 22:33
The Putney band romp home with 2010's Best Album...
The xx have won the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize. The South London-based trio won the award for the best British album of the last twelve months in a ceremony at London's Grosvernor House Hotel.
"We've had the most incredible year," said a clearly pleased vocalist Oliver Sim. "Every day we've woken up to something incredible... it's felt like a haze. Being here is like a moment of clarity. It means so much."
The band's debut album 'xx' beat off competition from efforts from the likes of Paul Weller, Mumford And Sons and Laura Marling and sees them walk off with a cheque for £20,000. The record, of course, won Radio X's New Music Award earlier this year as the Best British Debut Album of 2009.
One of the Mercury judges was Radio X's John Kennedy, who said: "Personally, I'm very excited and very pleased with the result. If there was one album out of the twelve I wanted to win, that was the one. As a band who have really kind of grown up listening to Radio X, we've had a role in creating their music, and I feel very privileged in being involved in any way whatsoever."