The XX Win The Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2010

Last night at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, Jools Holland announced the winners of this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize, which annually awards “the best” album from the UK and Ireland.

The quiet and seemingly shy band members of critically acclaimed trio The XX took to the stage to accept the award for their debut album, titled xx, with guitarist and singer Romy Madley Croft saying, “I genuinely wasn’t expecting to hear our name, genuinely, genuinely.”

Corinne Bailey Rae, Dizzee Rascal, Paul Weller and Mumford & Songs were among the 11 others artists The XX pipped to the post for this year’s Prize [click here for the full nominees].

“It captures something of the uneasy times we live in,” Chief Mercury Prize judge Simon Frith commented on the winning album, xx [click to read our review].

“It’s a very urban record… It is an album which has an astonishingly coherent sense of itself. It creates a mood and an atmosphere.”

After winning, the bashful band talked to the press:

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