Hurrah. Was very excited when she made the nominees list and now she has gone and won it, 10 years after winning it the first time!
Good that she actually made it to the bash this time as well. The last time she was watching the Pentagon burning from her hotel window in Washington. No, really!
Her record of emotive protest songs is a masterpiece in my eyes so I'm thrilled for her and think she really deserved it.
I remember when I was first listening to the record over and over when it was released in February of this year and soon after, the earthquake and Tsunami happened in Japan killing thousands of people. One of the most hard-hitting songs on it, All And Everyone (below), chimed with the horrific images we were seeing in the news. It seemed to soundtrack the horror which I think is why it still conjures such powerful and heart-breaking images in my mind. It's truly brilliant and you can check it out below.
Anyway, 'nuff of the deepness! Good on Anna Calvi, Ghostpoet, Metronomy and all the rest of the nominees. It'll only do good things for their careers I'm sure.
As we predicted right on Amazing Breakfast now I'm going to go and be smug (and regretful at the same time that I didn't put money on it) until I see her at Bestival.
It's most certainly that time again. The nominees have piled down the red carpet to enter this year's bash at the swanky Grosvenor House Hotel.
All twelve are expected at the event, although Adele won't be performing as she's already had to cancel two dates on her UK tour and now this performance due to a bad chest infection.
Hear from some of the nominees, Anna Calvi, Everything Everything, Ghostpoet and Metronomy about how they are feeling in the run up to the announcement in this Mercury preview podcast that I made for BBC 6 Music News.
I for one am going to be glued to the telly tonight watching the lovely Lauren Laverne hosting. (Personally, if PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi or Ghostpoet win, I'll be a happy lady.)
It also features an interview my colleague did with Anthony Keidis and Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers on their chart-topping fourth album.
Finally if you listened to the podcast and heart Chad Smith from RHCP. Check out this UNCANNY resemblance. Win!
One of the main stage acts Kyla La Grange popped into the Amazing Radio taxi down at Festibelly for chats about her imminent debut album & forthcoming double A-side single. Watch all here...
Another of the artists at Festibelly, a regular, James Yuill dropped by the Amazing Radio taxi to tell all about his TWO forthcoming efforts. Expect a lot of new music from the Yuill over the next year :-) and hats off to him for being such a good sport regarding the taxi dress-up props!
I popped over to hang out in the Amazing Radio taxi with another lady that graced the main stage at Festibelly this year. Her name is Hollie Cook and over the past year she has proved a big hit with the likes of BBC 6 Music, who've given her lots of airplay. Having grown up in a musical family, she is the daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook, she makes beautifully psychedelic reggae, dub-infused pop music and we wanted to know whether we can expect more new choons from her soon...