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James Blake wins Mercury Prize in London

Oct. 31, 2013 at 7:28 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Electronic music artist James Blake has won the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for his second album, "Overgrown," at a ceremony in London.

The award is presented for the year's best British or Irish album.

"Well, I lost the bet," the BBC quoted the 25-year-old singer-songwriter as joking after he beat out Laura Mvula, David Bowie and Arctic Monkeys for the prize.

Describing his mood as "jubilant and confused," Blake said, "This is the first award I've ever won apart from a tennis trophy I won when I was 12."

The BBC said judges called Blake's record "inventive, poetic and poignant."

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