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The Mercury Prize, formerly called the Mercury Music Prize, is an annual music prize awarded for the best album released in the United Kingdom by a British or Irish act.[1] It was established by the British Phonographic Industry and British Association of Record Dealers in 1992 as an alternative to the Brit Awards. The prize was originally sponsored by Mercury Communications, a brand owned by Cable & Wireless,[2] from which the prize gets its name. It was later sponsored by Technics[3] (1998 to 2001), Panasonic[2] (2002 and 2003), Nationwide Building Society (2004 to 2008) and Barclaycard (2009–14).[4][5] The 2015 prize was sponsored by the BBC,[5] while in 2016 it was announced that a three-year deal had been struck with Hyundai to sponsor the event.[6]

Mercury Prize
Mercury Prize logo.png
The Mercury Prize logo
Awarded forBest album from the United Kingdom and Ireland
LocationUnited Kingdom
First awarded1992; 27 years ago (1992) (as Mercury Music Prize)
Websitemercuryprize.com

Any album released by a British or Irish artist, or by a band where over 50% of the members are British or Irish, may be submitted for consideration by their record label. The shortlist is chosen by an independent panel of musicians, music presenters, music producers, music journalists, festival organisers and other figures in the music industry in the UK and Ireland.[1][7][8] The prize is open to all types of music, including pop, rock, folk, urban, grime, dance, jazz, blues, electronica and classical. Presentation of the awards usually takes place at an Awards Show in October, after the shortlist is announced at the Album of the Year Launch in September. It is often observed that bands whose albums are shortlisted, or win the prize, experience a large increase in album sales, particularly for lesser known acts.[9] Each shortlisted artist receives a specially commissioned 'Albums of the Year' trophy at the Awards Show. Unlike some other music awards, the overall winner of the Mercury Prize also receives a cheque; in 2017, the prize money was £25,000. The winner also receives an additional winner's trophy.[1]

To date, PJ Harvey is the only artist to have won the award on more than one occasion (in 2001 and 2011). She was also the first female solo artist to receive the award. Alex Turner has received five nominations as a member of Arctic Monkeys and The Last Shadow Puppets, winning once. Thom Yorke has 6 nominations, 5 with Radiohead and one for The Eraser, but has never won.[10]

ReputationEdit

The Mercury Prize can have a considerable effect on sales for those artists who are shortlisted. Elbow saw a 700% sales increase of their album The Seldom Seen Kid after winning the Prize in 2008.[11][12] In their winner's speech, Elbow's frontman Guy Garvey said that winning the Mercury Prize was 'Quite literally the best thing that has ever happened to us'.[13][14] Similarly, sales of The xx's winning album rose by 450% the day after they won the 2010 Mercury Prize[15][16] and 2013 winner James Blake saw a 2,500% sales increase on Amazon after he was announced as the winner of the 2013 Mercury Prize.[17][18] 2011 winner PJ Harvey's album Let England Shake jumped from number 181 to 24 in the UK official charts the week after the 2011 Awards Show.[19]

Despite being regarded by many as highly prestigious, it has been suggested that having an album nominated for or winning the Mercury Prize could be a curse on a career in music.[20][21]

In 2001, the band Gorillaz requested that their eponymous debut album be withdrawn from the shortlist, with cartoon bassist Murdoc Niccals saying that winning the award would be "like carrying a dead albatross round your neck for eternity".[22][23]

All genres of music are eligible for entry, and it is stated that all are treated equally, with only the music on the album being taken into account.[1] Simon Frith, chair of the Mercury Prize judging panel, has said that albums are chosen because they are the "strongest" each year, rather than according to genre.[24] However, the presence of classical, folk and jazz recordings has been cited by some as anomalous, arguing that comparisons with the other nominees can be invidious.[25] Classical acts to have an album nominated have included Sir John Tavener, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Gavin Bryars and Nicholas Maw. None has ever won, and there has not been a shortlisted classical album since 2002.

The Mercury Prize also has a reputation for being awarded to outside chances rather than the favourites.[26][27] The 1994 award winner was Elegant Slumming by the pop act M People, which some felt was a controversial decision considering the shortlist included popular albums from Britpop figureheads Paul Weller, Blur and Pulp, and electronica band The Prodigy.[28][29][30]

Other music journalists critical of the awards stated that the 2005 award should not have been given to Antony and the Johnsons for their album I Am a Bird Now as, although they are British-born and therefore eligible for the Prize, the band were based in the United States.[31][32] In 2006, Isobel Campbell's collaboration with Mark Lanegan, Ballad of the Broken Seas, was included in the shortlist, despite Lanegan being American, as the album was eligible due to Campbell's British citizenship, while Guillemots, whose album was also shortlisted in 2006, contained band members from Brazil and Canada, although the majority were from the UK.[33]

Current eligibility criteria state that all albums must be available to buy as a digital release in the UK.[1] In September 2013, My Bloody Valentine vocalist and guitarist Kevin Shields expressed concerns about the award in an interview with The Guardian, accusing the Mercury Prize's organisers of "banning" the band's self-released album, m b v, from the shortlist nominations and addressing the nomination criteria, which he claimed branded the album "virtually illegal".[34]

It has also been noted that heavy metal has been overlooked by the prize. A 2013 article by Vice on the Mercury Prize said "Metal certainly never gets a look-in, not even on the official entry information form: 'The Prize is open to all types of music, including pop, rock, folk, urban, dance, jazz, blues, electronica, classical…'"[35] The only metal record that has ever been nominated for the Mercury Prize is Troublegum by Therapy? in 1994. In 2011, Mercury chair of judges Simon Frith said "[Metal] is a niche that a lot of people don't listen to."[36] In a 2011 article in The Guardian, Alexis Petridis agreed that the Mercury Prize underrepresented heavy metal, but he argued that this helped the genre maintain its "outsider status".[37]

Winners and shortlisted nomineesEdit

1990sEdit

Year Album Artist
1992
(1st)
[38]
Screamadelica Primal Scream
Achtung Baby U2
Celebration Bheki Mseleku
Chorus Erasure
Foxbase Alpha Saint Etienne
Honey's Dead The Jesus and Mary Chain
The Protecting Veil John Tavener and Steven Isserlis
Rising Above Bedlam Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart
Road to Freedom Young Disciples
Soul Murder Barry Adamson
Stars Simply Red
1993
(2nd)
[39]
Suede Suede
Connected Stereo MCs
Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet Gavin Bryars
New Wave The Auteurs
No Reservations Apache Indian
Portraits Plus Stan Tracey
Republic New Order
Rid of Me PJ Harvey
So Close Dina Carroll
Ten Summoner's Tales Sting
Walthamstow East 17
1994
(3rd)
[40]
Elegant Slumming M People
Everything Changes Take That
Give Out But Don't Give Up Primal Scream
Head Like a Rock Ian McNabb
His 'n' Hers Pulp
Music for the Jilted Generation The Prodigy
Parklife Blur
The Piano Concerto/MGV Michael Nyman
Troublegum Therapy?
What Silence Knows Shara Nelson
Wild Wood Paul Weller
1995
(4th)
[41]
Dummy Portishead
Days Like This Van Morrison
Definitely Maybe Oasis
Elastica Elastica
I Should Coco Supergrass
Into the Blue Guy Barker
Leftism Leftfield
Maxinquaye Tricky
Seven Last Words from the Cross James MacMillan
To Bring You My Love PJ Harvey
Wake Up! The Boo Radleys
1996
(5th)
[42]
Different Class Pulp
The Beltane Fire / Caroline Mathilde Peter Maxwell Davies/BBC Philharmonic
Everything Must Go Manic Street Preachers
Help Artists for War Child
It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah Black Grape
Modern Day Jazz Stories Courtney Pine
Norma Waterson Norma Waterson
Return of the Mack Mark Morrison
Second Toughest in the Infants Underworld
(What's the Story) Morning Glory? Oasis
1997
(6th)
[41]
New Forms Roni Size & Reprazent
Coming Up Suede
Dig Your Own Hole The Chemical Brothers
The Fat of the Land The Prodigy
OK Computer Radiohead
Spice Spice Girls
Svyati John Tavener
Trailer Park Beth Orton
Vanishing Point Primal Scream
Your Rockaby Mark-Anthony Turnage
1998
(7th)
[41]
Bring It On Gomez
Decksandrumsandrockandroll Propellerheads
International Velvet Catatonia
Life thru a Lens Robbie Williams
Mezzanine Massive Attack
Proverbs and Songs John Surman
Rafi's Revenge Asian Dub Foundation
Red Rice Eliza Carthy
This Is Hardcore Pulp
Two Pages 4hero
Urban Hymns The Verve
When I Was Born for the 7th Time Cornershop
1999
(8th)
[43]
Ok Talvin Singh
Asyla Thomas Adès
Be Where You Are Denys Baptiste
Beaucoup Fish Underworld
Bengali Bantam Youth Experience! Black Star Liner
Central Reservation Beth Orton
Performance and Cocktails Stereophonics
Sleepless Kate Rusby
Sunday 8PM Faithless
Surrender The Chemical Brothers
13 Blur
This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours Manic Street Preachers

2000sEdit

Year Album Artist
2000
(9th)
The Hour of Bewilderbeast Badly Drawn Boy
Alone with Everybody Richard Ashcroft
Beyond Skin Nitin Sawhney
The Contino Sessions Death in Vegas
The Great Eastern The Delgados
How to Steal the World Helicopter Girl
Little Black Numbers Kathryn Williams
Lost Souls Doves
Parachutes Coldplay
Rhythm and Stealth Leftfield
Sincere M. J. Cole
Violin Concerto Nicholas Maw
2001
(10th)
[44]
Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea PJ Harvey
Amnesiac Radiohead
Asleep in the Back Elbow
Felt Mountain Goldfrapp
Gorillaz Gorillaz (nomination withdrawn at the request of the band)[45]
Here Be Monsters Ed Harcourt
The Optimist LP Turin Brakes
Rings Around the World Super Furry Animals
Rooty Basement Jaxx
Salt Rain Susheela Raman
Simple Things Zero 7
Tom McRae Tom McRae
2002
(11th)
[46]
A Little Deeper Ms. Dynamite
The Coral The Coral
Heathen David Bowie
Holes in the Wall The Electric Soft Parade
The Last Broadcast Doves
Night on My Side Gemma Hayes
Original Pirate Material The Streets
Play Joanna MacGregor
Run Come Save Me Roots Manuva
Soundtrack Guy Barker
Sunshine Hit Me The Bees
Who I Am Beverley Knight
2003
(12th)
[47]
Boy in da Corner Dizzee Rascal
Anglicana Eliza Carthy
Conversations with the Unseen Soweto Kinch
Floetic Floetry
Hail to the Thief Radiohead
Lost Horizons Lemon Jelly
Permission to Land The Darkness
Quixotic Martina Topley-Bird
A Rush of Blood to the Head Coldplay
So Much for the City The Thrills
Untitled Terri Walker
Vehicles and Animals Athlete
2004
(13th)
[48]
Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand
Cuckooland Robert Wyatt
Dear Catastrophe Waitress Belle & Sebastian
Final Straw Snow Patrol
Frank Amy Winehouse
A Grand Don't Come for Free The Streets
Hopes and Fears Keane
Kish Kash Basement Jaxx
The Soul Sessions Joss Stone
Thank You Jamelia
Upwards Ty
Who Killed...... The Zutons? The Zutons
2005
(14th)
[32]
I Am a Bird Now Antony and the Johnsons
Arular M.I.A.
A Certain Trigger Maxïmo Park
Employment Kaiser Chiefs
Eye to the Telescope KT Tunstall
Held on the Tips of Fingers Polar Bear
Kitty Jay Seth Lakeman
The Magic Numbers The Magic Numbers
Silent Alarm Bloc Party
Stars of CCTV Hard-Fi
Thunder, Lightning, Strike The Go! Team
X&Y Coldplay
2006
(15th)
[49]
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not Arctic Monkeys
The Back Room Editors
Ballad of the Broken Seas Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Beloved One Lou Rhodes
Black Holes & Revelations Muse
Coles Corner Richard Hawley
The Eraser Thom Yorke
Melting Pot Zoe Rahman
This Is My Demo Sway
Through the Windowpane Guillemots
The Warning Hot Chip
White Bread Black Beer Scritti Politti
2007
(16th)
[50]
Myths of the Near Future Klaxons
Back to Black Amy Winehouse
Basquiat Strings Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford
The End of History Fionn Regan
Fantastic Playroom New Young Pony Club
Favourite Worst Nightmare Arctic Monkeys
Fur and Gold Bat for Lashes
Hats Off to the Buskers The View
Maths + English Dizzee Rascal
Panic Prevention Jamie T
Voices of Animals and Men Young Knives
We Can Create Maps
2008
(17th)
[51]
The Seldom Seen Kid Elbow
The Age of the Understatement The Last Shadow Puppets
Alas, I Cannot Swim Laura Marling
The Bairns Rachel Unthank and the Winterset
Do You Like Rock Music? British Sea Power
In Rainbows Radiohead
Knee Deep in the North Sea Portico Quartet
19 Adele
Raising Sand Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Shine Estelle
Stainless Style Neon Neon
Untrue Burial
2009
(18th)
[52]
Speech Therapy Speech Debelle
Friendly Fires Friendly Fires
Glasvegas Glasvegas
The Invisible The Invisible
La Roux La Roux
Lungs Florence and the Machine
Primary Colours The Horrors
Sea Sew Lisa Hannigan
Sensible Shoes Led Bib
Twice Born Men Sweet Billy Pilgrim
Two Suns Bat for Lashes
West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum Kasabian

2010sEdit

Year Album Artist
2010
(19th)
[53]
xx The xx
Becoming a Jackal Villagers
Golden Kit Downes Trio
I Speak Because I Can Laura Marling
Only Revolutions Biffy Clyro
The Sea Corinne Bailey Rae
Sigh No More Mumford & Sons
Sky at Night I Am Kloot
Tongue n' Cheek Dizzee Rascal
Total Life Forever Foals
Two Dancers Wild Beasts
Wake Up the Nation Paul Weller
2011
(20th)
[54]
Let England Shake PJ Harvey
Anna Calvi Anna Calvi
Build a Rocket Boys! Elbow
Diamond Mine King Creosote & Jon Hopkins
Disc-Overy Tinie Tempah
The English Riviera Metronomy
Good Days at Schloss Elmau Gwilym Simcock
James Blake James Blake
Man Alive Everything Everything
On a Mission Katy B
Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam Ghostpoet
21 Adele
2012
(21st)
[55]
An Awesome Wave alt-J
Devotion Jessie Ware
Django Django Django Django
Every Kingdom Ben Howard
Given to the Wild The Maccabees
Ground of its Own Sam Lee
Home Again Michael Kiwanuka
ill Manors Plan B
Is Your Love Big Enough? Lianne La Havas
Plumb Field Music
Roller Trio Roller Trio
Standing at the Sky's Edge Richard Hawley
2013
(22nd)
[56]
Overgrown James Blake
AM Arctic Monkeys
{Awayland} Villagers
Holy Fire Foals
Home Rudimental
Immunity Jon Hopkins
Jake Bugg Jake Bugg
The Next Day David Bowie
Once I Was an Eagle Laura Marling
Settle Disclosure
Silence Yourself Savages
Sing to the Moon Laura Mvula
2014
(23rd)
[57]
Dead Young Fathers
Everybody Down Kate Tempest
Everyday Robots Damon Albarn
First Mind Nick Mulvey
In Each and Every One Polar Bear
Jungle Jungle
LP1 FKA twigs
One Breath Anna Calvi
Royal Blood Royal Blood
So Long, See You Tomorrow Bombay Bicycle Club
Total Strife Forever East India Youth
V2.0 GoGo Penguin
2015
(24th)
[58]
At Least for Now Benjamin Clementine
Architect C Duncan
Are You Satisfied? Slaves
Before We Forgot How to Dream SOAK
Eska Eska
Hairless Toys Róisín Murphy
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful Florence and the Machine
In Colour Jamie xx
Matador Gaz Coombes
My Love Is Cool Wolf Alice
Shedding Skin Ghostpoet
Syro Aphex Twin
2016
(25th)
[59]
Konnichiwa Skepta
Adore Life Savages
Blackstar David Bowie
The Bride Bat for Lashes
Channel the Spirits The Comet Is Coming
The Dreaming Room Laura Mvula
Hopelessness Anohni
I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It The 1975
Love & Hate Michael Kiwanuka
Made in the Manor Kano
Making Time Jamie Woon
A Moon Shaped Pool Radiohead
2017
(26th)
[60]
Process Sampha
Blossoms Blossoms
Common Sense J Hus
÷ Ed Sheeran
Gang Signs & Prayer Stormzy
How to Be a Human Being Glass Animals
I See You The xx
Let Them Eat Chaos Kate Tempest
Love in the 4th Dimension The Big Moon
Relaxer alt-J
Together, As One Dinosaur
Yesterday's Gone Loyle Carner
2018
(27th)
[61]
Visions of a Life Wolf Alice
Everything Is Recorded Everything Is Recorded
A Fever Dream Everything Everything
High as Hope Florence + the Machine
Holiday Destination Nadine Shah
Lost & Found Jorja Smith
No Shame Lily Allen
Novelist Guy Novelist
The Ooz King Krule
Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino Arctic Monkeys
Who Built the Moon? Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Your Queen Is a Reptile Sons of Kemet
2019
(28th)
[62]
Psychodrama Dave
A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships The 1975
Dogrel Fontaines D.C.
Driftglass Seed Ensemble
Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1 Foals
Grey Area Little Simz
Hunter Anna Calvi
Joy as an Act of Resistance Idles
Nothing Great About Britain slowthai
Reward Cate Le Bon
Saturn Nao
Schlagenheim Black Midi

Artists with multiple winsEdit

2 wins

Artists with multiple nominationsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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