Page last updated at 13:16 GMT, Wednesday, 9 September 2009 14:16 UK

Girls Aloud star takes 20 prize

Nicola Roberts
Roberts expressed dismay that the 20 was trapped in a plastic container

Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts turned up at a pub in central London to accept a tongue-in-cheek alternative to the Mercury Prize on Tuesday night.

The 23-year-old was presented with a solitary £20 note after her band's hit The Promise was named single of the year by music website Popjustice.

"How do I feel? I feel so liberated," she joked as she posed for photographs.

At the same event, the Sugababes were awarded worst single of the year for Girls. They will receive a £20 invoice.

The Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize was established as a light-hearted antidote to the more serious Mercury Prize - where the winner receives £20,000.

"The voting process is sort of a shambles," said Popjustice editor and chairman of the 35-strong jury, Peter Robinson.

"I draw up a shortlist of 12 songs and then, over the course of the evening in a pub with a lot of alcohol, a group of judges who have applied through the website eliminate one song at a time."

'Daunting'

Girls Aloud have won the prize five times in the last seven years.

Roberts arrived for the ceremony during a particularly heated argument over whether her song or Tinchy Stryder's Take Me Back should remain in the running.

She later nominated Girls Aloud's own The Loving Kind for worst single of the year.

"It was so interesting to hear people thrash out opinions on all the other bands and other songs - as daunting as it was," she told the BBC News website.

"But the best song won in the end."

However, the Liverpudlian singer expressed dismay that the £20 note came "in a little plastic container".

"You can't actually spend the money, but it's there on your shelf," she joked.



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Speech Debelle wins Mercury Prize
08 Sep 09 |  Entertainment
Cheryl and Leona unveil singles
07 Sep 09 |  Entertainment
Girls Aloud top reality rich list
29 May 09 |  Entertainment
Three more albums for Girls Aloud
13 Feb 09 |  Entertainment
Girls Aloud go Out of Control
29 Sep 08 |  Entertainment
Girls Aloud win 20 single prize
10 Sep 08 |  Entertainment

RELATED BBC LINKS

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific