The Sheffield-based band’s album in February became the fastest-selling debut in the U.K. and was a very strong favourite to take the award.
Collecting the prize at a September 5 ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel rounded off a remarkable year for Arctic Monkeys, which is famed for the way it rode to success on the back of self-promotion and the Internet.
It’s only a year since the “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” single reached No. 1 in the U.K.
The album became the fastest-selling debut in chart history, shifting more than 360,000 copies in its first week.
The Mercury Music Prize is voted for by a panel of industry experts, journalists and artists, and is said to reward originality and creativity rather than sales success.
As is traditional with Mercury winners, the act will donate the £20,000 prize to a charity of its choice.