Antony and the Johnsons have won the Mercury Music Prize 2005 beating off competition from Bloc Party, Coldplay, The Go! TEAM, Hard-Fi, Kaiser Chiefs, KT Tunstall, M.I.A, The Magic Numbers, Maximo Park, POLAR BEAR and Seth Lakeman.

While the Kaiser Chiefs were heavily tipped to win, underdogs Antony and the Johnsons walked away with the prize for album I AM A BIRD NOW .

Amazed frontman Antony says, "I think they must have made a mistake.

"I'm completely overwhelmed, it's insane.

"It is a crazy contest, I don't really understand but it is a bit bonkers to give it (the award) to one person.

"I feel I've been pulled out of my nest."

Host JOOLS HOLLAND said, "The judges asked me to say, 'It's been very tough to reach a decision because all the albums are so wonderful.'"

Last year's (05) prize was won by Franz Ferdinand