Last night, London’s Grosvenor House Hotel filled with resounding cheers when The xx took to the stage to collect the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2010 for “xx” ( Young Turks/ XL, 2009), the band’s debut album. Although some hours previous to the ceremony online bookmakers like William Hill were giving Paul Weller and The xx the same odds of winning, in the end it was the black-clad trio—the favourites since the shortlist of nominees was made public—who grabbed the award that will cement their prestige and, of course, improve their finances by a rumoured £20,000.
Accepting the prize on stage, frontman Oliver Sim expressed his surprise and revealed that he thought Wild Beasts or Laura Marling would have won. He said: “ I don’t know what we were expecting but we weren’t expecting this… We’ve had the most incredible year and it has just felt like every day we've just woken up to something incredible we just weren't expecting. It has felt just like a haze. Being here is like a moment of clarity in all that's happening." This is the culmination of a wonderful year for The xx.