Articles Tagged 'Mercury Prize'

2014 Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers (Photo: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

What Does the Mercury Prize Mean for British Music?

The shortlist for this year’s Mercury Prize has been announced, and as usual, it’s a very interesting selection of some of the best albums made by British and Irish artists over the past year. And it’s a fairly broad church, music-wise. There’s electronica, indie rock, art pop, art rap, dream-pop, folk pop, garage rock and various […]

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Who’s Who in the Mercury Prize 2014

We’re all busy people, and the world of music appears to be churning over with ever-growing speed, so it’s beneficial to sometimes have a signpost that suggests which records from the last 12 months are worth bothering with (and, by extension, which can probably be left ignored. If you haven’t bothered by now, do as […]

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James Blake Wins The 2013 Mercury Prize

You’ve got to be doing something pretty good in music if you can be Mercury nominated for both of the albums you’ve released to date, and win it with the second,  scurrying past the waving and envious fists of artists of the calibre of Arctic Monkeys, Laura Marling, and David actual Bowie. So hats aloft […]

David Bowie Leads The Mercury Music Prize Nominations

It’s that time of year again. The Mercury Music prize shortlist has just been announced, and this year, it’s all about the big hitters. As we usually do, we’ll go through all twelve of the nominated albums, and give examples so that everyone is up to speed with the shortlisted albums, but frankly, for some […]


Say Hello To This Year’s Mercury Prize Winners: Alt-J

Right, don’t be getting all “Alt-wha?” with me. Clearly we’re about to discuss a band of some importance and magnitude otherwise they wouldn’t have just won the presitigious Mercury Prize, beating off opposition from the likes of Jessie Ware, Django Django, Michael Kiwanuka, Plan B and Field Music. And if that whole sentence just looks […]

Back Off Adele, PJ Harvey Wins The Mercury Prize…Again

Well now, here’s a turn-up for the books. Last night saw the 2011 Mercury Music Prize ceremony take place, and as always there was a shortlist of ten remarkable albums, and a panel of judges picked out the one they felt was the most worthy of a £20,000 check and a pat on the head. […]

Adele, Elbow, PJ Harvey Nominated For Mercury Prize

The nominations for this year’s Mercury Awards have just been announced, and as usual, there are no clear front-runners as yet (although if I was in charge, it’d be an easy win for Everything Everything), so here’s the full list and a video clip from each artist. We’ve also had a think about each album’s […]

The XX Have Won This Year’s Mercury Prize

UPDATED 5:29 PM EST: Just announced – The xx have won this year’s Mercury Prize for their well-received, self-titled debut album. Each year, the Mercury committee selects one album by a British or Irish artist as the best. Winning the prize either means great success or humiliating failure (a.k.a. the Mercury Prize curse). Let’s hope […]

Sample This Year’s Mercury Prize Nominees

Each year the Mercury selection committee hands out their highly coveted award to the best British or Irish album of the past year. The committee’s obscure choices have often befuddled the critics, but I think most UK pundits are satisfied with this year’s shortlist. Favorites Corinne Bailey Rae, The xx, Wild Beasts, Laura Marling, Mumford […]

Mercury Prize Preview: Laura Marling, Hot Chip

The Independent looks at who should be on this year’s Mercury Prize shortlist, which is announced next Tuesday. The annual Mercury Prize is handed out to the British or Irish album of the year, determined by a committee of industry insiders. A shortlist of nominees is first announced, and the winner is revealed at a […]

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