Antony and the Johnsons Scoops Mercury Prize
Antony Hegarty beats some indie favourites to the prize
Antony and the Johnsons has won the 2005 Nationwide Mercury Prize.
The Chichester born songwriter, who is tall and hairy and has an eerie spooky voice, fended off the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, M.I.A, The Magic Numbers and Maximo Park to claim this year's prestigious prize, and 20,000, with his album 'I Am a Bird Now'.
In his acceptance speech, Antony and the Johnsons (aka Antony Hegarty) said he was totally bowled over by the whole thing. "They must have made a mistake!" he announced.
"I'm totally overwhelmed. I mean, it's insane!
"It's kind of a crazy contest," he continued, "It's like a contest between an orange and a spaceship and a spoon. It's mad!"
Others shortlisted for this year's Nationwide Mercury Prize include The Go! Team, KT Tunstall, Hard-Fi, Seth Lakeman and Polar Bear.