James Blake on Mercury Prize win: 'David Bowie is such an inspiration to me'
'Limit To Your Love' hitmaker James Blake won the 2013 Mercury Prize last night and revealed that despite triumphing over the likes of David Bowie, Jake Bugg and Foals he doesn't feel as though he beat them.
Speaking from the ceremony, which took place at London's Roundhouse in Camden yesterday (October 30), he explained that winning over David Bowie was a shock because he really looks up to him:
"I don't think I beat him - I don't think that's how this prize works. It's amazing to be in the running with Bowie after so many albums. A lot of artists do their best work when they're young and it's always disappointing to me when people don't continue in that vein and don't continue innovating and I think that David Bowie is an example to people like me who would like to continue in that vein."
Speaking to the BBC about his success at the ceremony, he explained that winning was unexpected: "I feel really weird - jubilant and confused! It's a moment you don't really expect to happen to you. In fact, you might even bet against it if you're British."
He added that the best congratulatory text came from his parents, adding: "The best one came from my parents, just saying "well done". I don't think they could say what they wanted to say in a text - it's too stupid a format, but I think they'll be proud."
Watch Blake accepting his award here:
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