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Mercury Music Prize: Your reaction
Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand have won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize at a ceremony in London.

The Scottish rockers were the favourites to win the prize and faced competition from artists including Keane, Joss Stone, Jamelia, Amy Winehouse and The Streets.

The prize is awarded to the best album of the last year by a UK or Irish act and is voted for by a panel of music industry experts, journalists and music artists.

It is judged on talent and innovation rather than commercial sales. Last year's winner Dizzee Rascal was on hand as the 20,000 cheque was presented to Frank Ferdinand on Tuesday evening.

Should Franz Ferdinand have won the Mercury Prize? What act would you have voted for? What do you think of the awards? Send us your views.

This debate has now closed. Thank you for your comments.

Your comments:

A very lively album that stands out from the crowd
John Puddephatt, Wirral
Superb album, well deserved winners of the award. A very lively album that stands out from the crowd because it uses the same template that a lot of recent bands have used, but goes far beyond this.
John Puddephatt, Wirral

Should have been The Streets. Franz Ferdinand for me fall into the category of non-descript bands, too similar to many others, with nothing new to say and no new way to say it. I thought things were looking up when Dizzee won last year. However, this year it's reverted to type - unfortunately.
Louise, Birmingham, West Mids

Franz Ferdinand's self-titled debut is the best album of the year. They're the clear choice because they've managed to be clever, innovative and original whilst making popular and above all great songs. People who think Franz Ferdinand are simply riding on the back of Take Me Out are wrong. Their album is full of top-quality songs. Take Me Out is merely the tip of a phenomenal iceberg.
David, London

Hopefully this will now remove Franz Ferdinand from our airwaves, as it has done for all the other Mercury Prize winners. NME will just move on to the next average band and ridiculously over hype them. I hope the Libertines win it next year!!
Dean, Leeds, UK

I'm surprised The Streets didn't win
Dan, NYC USA (Ex-UK)
A rather average album, with one stand-out track. Fairly eclectic and musically proficient but generally uninspired. I'm surprised The Streets didn't win; "A Grand Don't Come For Free" was one of the most original, varied and witty albums I've heard in some time. Hopefully Mike Skinner will get the Ivor Novello award instead.
Dan, NYC USA (Ex-UK)

Very well deserved. It was always going to be Franz Ferdinand or Snow Patrol. Personally, I would have been happy with either as the winner. Ferdinand were superb at Glasto 2004.
Dave, Doncaster, UK

I thought it was an entertaining enough album to buy it myself. I like it. Innovative, no. Profound, no. Groundbreaking, no. Entertaining, yes. The real question is "What does it mean if you win a Mercury Music award?".
Gary Varga, Stafford, England

Why give an 'innovation' award to a band that wouldn't look and sound out of place in an 80's revival tour? A decade in which they would have rightly struggled to get airplay alongside such bands as The Smiths, The Clash, The Specials and Elvis Costello etc.
Paul, Sheffield

A well deserved success
Chris, Oxford
Perhaps not my number one band, but I'm really pleased for them - a well deserved success that recognises talented musicians who've put in a huge amount of effort. Now that they've "made it", I wonder how many mean-spirited, success-hating hecklers will launch into the usual tirade of mindless criticism...
Chris, Oxford

I like and respect Franz Ferdinand, but Joss Stone should have won, she's the most credible and innovative artist to come out this year!!
Ryan, London

This is not unexpected in the least. The previous winners were all means to the end of establishing the 'inclusiveness' of the Mercury Prize. For all their efforts though, the choice of Franz Ferdinand perfectly illustrates the panel's failure to distinguish the prize from the morass of ceremonies which simply consolidate yearly fads rather than reward musical enterprise. An uninspired band, an uninspired album and a thoroughly pointless award.
Tom, Herts

A good choice that recognises the breath of fresh air they have brought. Sure their sound is mined from the past from the likes of Magazine, Josef K, Gang of Four. But in times like these with corporate produced generic dance and nu-metal, music has to go back and rediscover and reclaim itself. It's also a pat on the back for the excellent Domino record label. Hopefully they will inspire a long overdue new generation of bands and labels.
Nick, Sydney, Australia

Two good songs does not an album make. Over-hyped with lyrics a school kid would be embarrassed to write
Steve, Sheffield

Not exactly a surprise, and something of a safe choice. While it would have been nice to see Belle & Sebastian win it, I'm just glad that it wasn't Joss Stone or Keane! Admittedly, though, the Franz album was one that screamed "Mercury Winner" from the day it was released.
Seb Patrick, Liverpool, UK

Yawn - yet again the Mercury panel reinforce the credentials of their irrelevance by rewarding an unremarkable, unmemorable rock band. Rock music in Britain hasn't been interesting for 10 years at least. Why is this award described as "prestigious" when it is continually - Dizee Rascall being the exception - a complete joke?
Stu Bell, London

Praise to the mighty Franz Ferdinand - A very accomplished debut, packed with strong, direct tunes. A worthy winner.
Jason Salusbury, Rhyl, Wales


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