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Mercury Prize 2013: Lauren Laverne accidentally calls James Blake 'James Blunt'

The host introduced Blake as Blunt before he took to the stage to perform
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Mercury Prize host Lauren Laverne accidentally tarnished a moment many musicians dream of by calling James Blake “James Blunt” as she introduced him at the awards ceremony.

The 25-year-old electronic artist prepared to perform on stage as a nominee at the event, when Laverne mistakenly said the name of the "Your Beautiful" singer-songwriter, to the amusement of the crowd.

Blake later went on to win the sought-after Album of the Year Award and £20,000 prize money at the event hosted at the Roundhouse, London.

In a break between performances and the announcement of the winner, Laverne tweeted:

“Never felt better than I do tonight about artists who have fractionally dissimilar fore and surnames. #MercuryPrize #Irony.”

When asked about the mistake by the BBC, Blake said: “That's happened quite a few times. But you know what? To Lauren I say: 'Don't worry about it, you're amazing'. I certainly don't care.”

James Blake’s album Overgrown beat Arctic Monkeys, Disclosure, David Bowie, and bookies' favourite Laura Mvula to claim the Mercury Prize.

In his short speech upon receiving the award he thanked his parents “for showing me the importance of being self-sufficient".

Previous winners of the prize include Antony & The Johnsons, Roni Size, and M People, who clinched the prize from Blur in 1994.

The Mercury Prize is decided by a judging panel of industry experts. This year, the shortlist was chosen from 220 submitted albums from the UK and Ireland.