Electronic quartet Alt-J are handed the prestigious 2012 Mercury Music Prize after being named the favourites to scoop the title
00:14 GMT, 2 November 2012
It's one of the most coveted titles a band or musician could win.
And Thursday night proved to be Alt-J's big night as they picked up the prestigious 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize.
The four-piece electronic folk band were handed the prize at the event at Camden's Roundhouse in north London after being named as 6-5 favourites by bookmakers William Hill earlier in the day.
Winners: Alt-J were left ecstatic on Thursday evening when they were handed the prestigious 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Music prize, beating the likes of Plan B, Jessie Ware and The Maccabees
The band earlier spoke of their nomination, modestly claiming they only had '8.3 per cent' chance of having their name read out.
Alt-J’s drummer Thom Green told Spotify ahead of the night: 'We weren’t too surprised (to be nominated), just very relieved. We’d been tipped to win before we’d even been nominated, so the pressure was on.'
And it seems they'll be letting their hair down now they've received such a high honour with in the music industry.
That'll boost sales! The band looked ecstatic as they posed with their trophy following the announcement
Let's have a look! Musicians Joe Newman, Thom Green, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Gwil Sainsbury look at their award after winning the Mercury Prize for their album 'An Awesome Wave'
Thom added: 'We’ll get extremely drunk at an after party with our friends and family and then I’ll recover the next day listening to Radiohead’s In Rainbows and Monstar’s Harder/Bastard.'
They beat the likes of rapper Plan B, The Maccabees and Jessie Ware at the bash.
And they also came out on top of Richard Hawley, who was among the favourites to win the Mercury Prize six years after he was controversially “robbed” of the award.
The singer-songwriter was one of 12 acts shortlisted for the prestigious prize, and was listed as 4-1 second favourite to win, with only genre-hopping electronic quartet Alt-J ahead of him, who proved the bookmakers right.
Missed out: Jessie Ware was among the favourites
to pick up the prize, but still received a nod for being one of the
best dressed during the evening
All that glitters: Lauren Laverne wore a gold frock to the bash at Camden's Roundhouse on Thursday evening to hear the name being announced
Big night: Corinne Bailey Rae went for a black ensemble and big curly hair at the music industry event
Nominee: Plan B, real name Ben Drew, also missed out to Alt-J as they scooped the ultimate prize in the industry
Also in the running was rapper-turned-actor and filmmaker Plan B – real name Ben Drew – who made the shortlist for Ill Manors, the soundtrack for the gritty film of the same name which he directed.
Established acts such as The Maccabees and Field Music also battled it out against lesser known names and emerging acts such as Django Django.
Hawley, at 45 the oldest artist on the shortlist, was previously nominated in 2006 for Coles Corner and had been a hot contender, although he lost out to Arctic Monkeys in that year.
Oops! Jessie dressed to impress for the evening in the hope she could walk away with the trophy but still stunned on the red carpet
Lady in white: Lianne La Havas was among the 12 shortlisted acts in the running on the night but ultimately it was the electronic folk quartet's big night instead
When Monkeys frontman Alex Turner collected the prize, formally known as The Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize, for his album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, he announced: “Someone call 999 – Richard Hawley's been robbed.”
The list failed to recognise notable commercial successes such as Coldplay and Florence + The Machine, as well as Emeli Sande who landed the Critics Choice award at the Brits and has had acclaim and huge sales following her performances at the Olympic ceremonies.
Michael Kiwanuka also found himself on the shortlist after being given a boost by topping the BBC's Sound of 2012 list at the start of the year.
Mingling: BBC Radio 1 breakfast show presenter Nick Grimshaw looked dapper for the evening as he headed to the north London bash
Nearly! Roller Trio were also among the 12 in the running to scoop the prize, considered one of the most prestigious in the industry
The nominations almost invariably include a nod to the worlds of jazz and folk and this year is no exception. Folk was represented by both Sam Lee and Ben Howard, while drum, guitar and sax act the Roller Trio flew the flag for jazz.
The prize gives a huge boost to sales for the victor as well as valuable publicity to all nominees.
Last year saw the first time a previous winner has taken the prize for a second time, when PJ Harvey picked up the award for her Let England Shake release, while other past winners have included Dizzee Rascal, Pulp and Klaxons.
The prize is open to UK and Irish acts who have released albums over the past year.