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Alt-J wins the Mercury Prize

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Alt-J wins the Mercury Prize

It looks like the bookmakers were right.

Alt-J, whose real name is actually just a triangle (∆), has won the Mercury Prize for their debut album An Awesome Wave.

The alt-pop quartet beat out early favorite Plan B, FACT favorite Jessie Ware, and an uninspiring short list that included The Maccabees, Django Django, Roller Trio, Field Music, Richard Hawley, Michael Kiwanuka, Sam Lee, Ben Howard, and Lianne La Havas.

The Mercury Prize is awarded each year to the best album from the UK and Ireland. In 2011, PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake bested a field that included Adele’s 21 and James Blake’s self-titled debut; The xx won the prize in 2010. Watch Alt-J’s ‘Something Good’ below.

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