Elbow Win 2008’s Mercury Music Prize

Guy Garvey scoops prize 17 years after his band formed

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Elbow have won the Nationwide Mercury Prize tonight (September 9) in London for their fourth album ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’.

The Manchester group’s record beat off competition from Radiohead, Burial and Robert Plant And Alison Krauss at the ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

Accepting the award, which also came with a £20,000 cheque, frontman Guy Garvey said: “Thank you very much. I’d like to thank all the players we’ve been with since day one, including Phil Chadwick, our manager.

“This is the best thing that’s ever happened to us. We’d like to dedicate this award to Brian Glancy, one of the greatest men who ever lived. Thank you very much and have a top evening!”

Glancy was a late friend of the band’s, and was referred to in the title of the five-piece’s Mercury-winning album.

For Uncut’s verdict on the result, visit our Wild Mercury Sound blog.

For more on the proceedings including more quotes from Elbow on their victory, see NME.COM.

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