Tonight was the night when the people's favourite became the top dog.
The 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize was won by Elbow, for their album The Seldom Seen Kid.
It's the first truly global recognition for a band who have spent 17 years filling our ears with tunes that swing from searing swells to hopeless delicacy.
Together, their consistency of song-writing often reaches levels that few can hold a candle to.
On the night, their performance of The Loneliness Of The Tower Crane Driver outshone all others, neared only by The Last Shadow Puppets.
Nationwide Mercury Prize is announced
Radiohead did not perform in the auditorium, which lessened the competition.
On the showbiz front, nobody fell through tables, broke bones, kicked paparazzi or threw a few stray right hooks.
Saying that, I left before the after-show, so I can't confirm that Adele DIDN'T punch out Alex Turner.
Some of the more surprising nominations seemed to be having a ball, none less so than British Sea Power, who I had in session on my show earlier in the year. Do You Like Rock Music? was sadly underrated at the time, but still made the top ten, and now many more thousands have been exposed to their sound thanks to the MMP. Happy days.
This prize might go a considerable way to changing that and for that I am much happier seeing the strange flame-like trophy in their grubby paws.
The Mercury Prize is not perfect, but no awards are.
If you let the public decide, the winner is invariably the song or artist that appeals to the widest fan base.
So at least there is a gong out there that honours not only our established artists but shines a light on the likes of Burial and Portico Quartet - the latter of whom I hadn't even heard of... and that's my job!
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