Britain Is Awash In Music Prizes Tonight

UK MC Speech Debelle’s Speech Therapy was named the winner of the 2009 Mercury Prize this evening; Debelle’s debut album bested offerings from fellow UK citizens like Bat For Lashes, La Roux, and Florence and the Machine, among others. Meanwhile, the singles-centric Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize, which also had quite the competitive field, was nabbed by Girls Aloud’s sterling “The Promise,” because come on, it’s amazing, how could it not?? (Full disclosure: I voted for it.) Clips from the winners after the jump!

Speech Debelle – “The Key”

Girls Aloud – “The Promise”

Barclaycard Mercury Prize [Official site]
Speech Debelle – The Key [YouTube]
Speech Debelle [MySpace]
Popjustice [Official site]
Girls Aloud – The Promise – Official Music Video [Dailymotion]
Girls Aloud [Official site]

  • bcapirigi

    I don’t know, I wanted Love Etc to win. If Untouchable had been nominated, though…

  • NunyaB

    I didn’t want La Roux to win the Mercury, as much as I absolutely love the album, for reasons that boil down essentially to “anything to keep Elly Jackson in check”– but I did want them to win the £20 prize. It or “Method of Modern Love” should have won; both are much better than “The Promise”, which quite literally defines tepid.