The Judges Discuss: Paul Weller, “Wake Up The Nation”

Over the next few days, we'll be posting full transcripts of what the Uncut Music Award judges said about each of the shortlisted eight albums. Today we begin with their comments on the eventual winner; Paul Weller's "Wake Up The Nation".

Paul Weller Wins The Uncut Music Award 2010

Paul Weller is the winner of the Uncut Music Award 2010. His album, “Wake Up The Nation”, is the third winner of the prestigious award, following the triumphs of Fleet Foxes and Tinariwen in 2008 and 2009. Watch the judges making their decision after the jump...

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Primal Scream, Olympia, London, November 26, 2010

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