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Antony and the Johnson's

Antony: A unique vocal presence
2005

Winner: Antony and the Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now
Sounds like: Delicate torch songs sung with lispy androgyny.
Key track: Hope There's Someone - Hauntingly beautiful piano ballad that showcases Antony's wavering falsetto. Although it goes a bit weird in the middle.

Subsequent career: The award garnered the band new audiences, beguiled by Antony Hegarty's voice. Celebrity endorsements came from Boy George, Philip Glass and Lou Reed.
Mercury Barometer: Middling - The award attracted controversy because Hegarty is based in New York.

Losers: KT Tunstall - Eye To The Telescope, Kaiser Chiefs - Employment, MIA - Arular

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