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Arctic Monkeys win Mercury Prize (no one's surprised)

Arctic Monkeys have won the Nationwide Mercury Prize for the album ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’. The band were pleased to have won the Prize, “Thanks very much, normally it doesn’t go to a band that’s sold as many as us, to put it bluntly! We’re surprised, honoured and very pleased with it, thanks ever so much”.

Lead singer Alex Turner quipped on stage “Someone call 999 – Richard Hawley’s been robbed!” a reference to the other Sheffield based act shortlisted for the Prize. Going on to talk about their own album Turner said “Thanks to everyone who helped us with it. It’s good tunes - that’s all we’ve tried to do really, without too many tricks, cause there’s too many people doing too many tricks”.

The judging panel praised ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ as “great songs astonishingly performed”.

A Nationwide Mercury Prize Special is broadcast on BBC2 at 11:35pm on Friday, September 8th hosted by Jools Holland and Jo Whiley.

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