Antony & the Johnsons Take 2005 Mercury Prize
It was announced late yesterday that Antony & the Johnsons have won the 2005 Mercury Music Prize for their latest release, I Am a Bird Now. The prize is given annually for best album of the year by a British or Irish artist. Other nominees for this year's prize included Coldplay, Kaiser Chiefs, the Magic Numbers, Bloc Party and the Go! Team, among others. Past winners have included P.J. Harvey, Badly Drawn Boy, Dizzee Rascal and Franz Ferdinand. I Am a Bird Now was released in February on U.S.-based Secretly Canadian records.