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    Antony and the Johnsons have won this year's Mercury Music Prize for the album I Am A Bird Now.
    Led by New York-based singer Antony Hegarty, they beat acts including Coldplay, favourites Kaiser Chiefs and hip-hop artist MIA.

    The £20,000 award is for the best album of the year by a British or Irish act.

    "I think they must have made a mistake," Chichester-born Hegarty said. "I am completely overwhelmed. I think that's insane."

    'Rich diversity'

    The pianist and torch singer has been compared to Lou Reed. His winning album, I Am A Bird Now, features contributions from Boy George and Reed.

    Standing 6ft 4in tall and with a shock of black hair, the 34-year-old has a voice as unconventional as his looks.

    The Mercury Music Prize was voted for by a panel of industry experts, journalists and artists, and is said to reward originality and creativity rather than sales success.

    As he collected his award from host Jools Holland, Hegarty said the competition was "a bit nutty".

    "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?" he said.

    "What's really exciting about this night is just this wonderful biennial that shows the rich diversity of the spectrum of music that's going on at the moment.

    "It's been so wonderful to be here and just to meet everyone. I just love so many of the artists performing tonight, I think it's a bit bonkers to just give it to one person."

    He performed live at the Mercury award ceremony in London's Grosvenor House Hotel, as did fellow nominees Kaiser Chiefs, KT Tunstall, Seth Lakeman, Bloc Party, Polar Bear, Maximo Park, The Magic Numbers and the Go! Team.

    Multi-million selling band Coldplay, nominated for their third album X&Y, could not attend the ceremony as they were on tour in the US.

    Previous winners of the Mercury prize include hip-hop artist Dizzee Rascal, Primal Scream, PJ Harvey and last year's victors Franz Ferdinand.




    Mercury Music Prize 2005 nominees:


    Antony and the Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now
    Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
    Coldplay - X&Y
    The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike
    Hard-Fi - Stars of CCTV
    Kaiser Chiefs - Employment
    KT Tunstall - Eye to the Telescope
    The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers
    Maximo Park - A Certain Trigger
    MIA - Arular
    Polar Bear - Held on the Tips of Fingers
    Seth Lakeman - Kitty Jay

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    Slightly overrated album. It's good, but it's not that good. I guess his style is really hard to get used to...maybe after a couple of listens I'll agree.
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    • #3
      He is a rather odd looking guy, and not my cup of tea music wise
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      • #4
        They ARE SHITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTY
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