Alt-J with prize
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Mercury Prize 2012: Alt-J win with an An Awesome Wave

Indie rock band Alt-J have been named winners of the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, with their debut album An Awesome Wave.

An early favourite with bookmakers, the band's album beat rapper Plan B, The Maccabees, Richard Hawley, Django Django, Jessie Ware and Field Music. BBC Sound of 2012 winner Michael Kiwanuka, Ben Howard, Lianne La Havas, Roller Trio and Sam Lee also lost out.

Alt-J thanked their parents for helping them to win the £20,000 prize.

Lizo Mzimba reports.

Ceremony footage courtesy Channel 4

  • 02 Nov 2012
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