Mercury Music Prize-winning Londoners Klaxons have said that their winning of the renowned award was the right choice.

The band, dubbed new-rave, were the surprise winners at a glitzy awards ceremony in London last night, their album Myths of the Near Future beating records by last year's winners Arctic Monkeys and favourites Bat For Lashes.

They also saw off the challenge of Amy Winehouse, whose Back to Black record was arguably the most well-known among the 12 nominations.

Winehouse put a number of no-shows over the summer behind her to perform at the event and Klaxons keyboard player James Righton admitted he thought the surprise appearance had clinched her the gong.

"When I came off stage I was upset because I thought she gave a fantastic performance and I absolutely loved her record," he said after picking up the award.

"But her recording is retro and ours is a forward-thinking record and that's what the Mercury Prize stands for."

Righton, singer Jamie Reynolds and guitarist Simon Taylor scoped a £20,000 cheque as part of the prize last night and follow in a long line of critically-acclaimed artists.

Pulp, Badly Drawn Boy, Primal Scream and Suede have been some of the more famous bands to scoop the prize – which is awarded to what a judging panel decide is the best British or Irish record of the last year.

But other winning artists, such as Antony and the Johnsons in 2005 and Talvin Singh in 1999, have not seen their careers take off in the way they would have hoped.

05/09/2007 12:59:47