Antony & The Johnsons win Mercury Prize

Published: 2005-09-07
Antony & The Johnsons have edged out multi-platinum selling Coldplay and favourites The Kaiser Chiefs for the UK's Mercury Prize with their album I am a Bird now.

Though the band is actually based out of New York the frontman and namesake Antony Hegarty hails from Chichester, England. He had this to say about the win, "I think they must have made a mistake. I am completely overwhelmed. I think that's insane. It's kind of like a crazy contest between an orange and a spaceship and a potted plant and a spoon - which one do you like better?".

The Mercury Prize is awarded every year to a band in the UK who has the best album of that year. It was originally established as an alternative to the highly commercial Brit Awards.

This years race was very open with every band standing an even chance to win and speculations changing until the very last minute. Most critics had put their money on the Kaiser chiefs - but few bet on commercially successful Coldplay - as most of the UK's biggest groups including Blur and Oasis were never given the prize.

The winner receives 20,000 pounds but even better than that they win loads and loads of priceless exposure.

Past winners include PJ Harvey, Badly Drawn Boy and last years' winner was Franz Ferdinand.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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