The Arctic Monkeys capped a triumphant year in their home country by taking home the prestigious Nationwide Mercury Music Prize last night. The award, created as a higher-brow alternative to the UK’s Brit Awards, honors the best album released by a British artist over the past 12 months. “Normally [the award] doesn’t go to a band that’s sold so many records, to put it bluntly, but we’re pleased,” frontman Alex Turner said, according to NME.com. The Monkeys beat out vets like Muse and Thom Yorke, as well as under-the-radar acts like Hot Chip, Richard Hawley, and Guillemots. Recent winners include Antony & the Johnsons, Franz Ferdinand, Dizzee Rascal, and PJ Harvey. SPIN.com readers also picked Arctic Monkeys to win, with Thom Yorke finishing second in our online poll (read more).
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