19 July 2016The shortlist of twelve 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ will be revealed at a live Launch, hosted by 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny, taking place on August 4th. The shortlist will also be revealed live on Lauren Laverne’s show on BBC Radio 6 Music at 11am. Shaun said:
“Each year the ‘Albums of the Year’ highlight some of the best in British and Irish talent – and 2016 is already shaping up to be a brilliant year for music. It’s going to be a tough decision for the judges, so I’m glad I'm not one of them! I’m really looking forward to finding out this year’s shortlist.”
19 July 2016Today the 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize have announced that musician Jessie Ware, Jeff Smith Head of Music at 6 Music and Radio 2, broadcaster Clara Amfo, Phil Alexander Editor-in-Chief, Kerrang!, Mojo and Q, Harriet Gibsone Music News Editor at The Guardian/Guardian.com and Will Hodgkinson Chief Rock and Pop Critic at The Times will join former Mercury Prize winner Jarvis Cocker, musicians Kate Tempest and Jamie Cullum, Ellie Rowsell from Wolf Alice, producer Naughty Boy and broadcaster Annie Mac to complete this year’s judging panel.
09 May 2016The shortlist of twelve Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘2016 Albums of the Year’ will be revealed at the Albums of the Year Launch event on Thursday, 4 August and broadcast live on BBC Radio 6 Music. The event will be followed by an online poll, which will enable music fans to select the first of six 2016 finalists from the twelve albums. The five remaining finalists and overall winner will all be chosen by the Mercury Prize Judging Panel. All six finalists and the overall winner will be announced as part of the 2016 Awards Show on Thursday 15 September.
The Hyundai Mercury Prize Awards Show, which celebrates the UK and Irish ‘Albums of the Year’ will move to the newly transformed Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith in 2016. The event will feature live performances drawn from the six finalists, plus a special collaboration to mark the Prize’s 25th Anniversary. For the second year BBC Music will be providing live television and radio coverage of the event on BBC Four and 6 Music.
09 May 2016The Mercury Prize has announced its plans for 2016 as part of an initial 3-year agreement with new title partner, Hyundai Motor. In this, its 25th anniversary year, the Mercury Prize will also be introducing a number of exciting new elements in conjunction with its Official Broadcast Partner, BBC Music. These include a revamped Judging Panel, a fan poll and a new finalists phase on the night of the Awards Show.
David Pugh, Marketing Director, Hyundai Motor UK Ltd said: “Hyundai Motor is proud to be part of the continuing history of the Mercury Prize as its new title sponsor. We love the fact that this strong and relevant partnership reflects the pioneering spirit of our brand by celebrating and promoting innovation in music, bringing the best of the UK and Irish scene to the world.”
20 November 2015We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2015 Mercury Prize in association with BBC Music is Benjamin Clementine for his album 'At Least For Now'. Congratulations to all of this year's shortlisted artists!
16 October 2015The 2015 Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ in association with BBC Music were announced on Friday 16 October.
The 2015 Albums of the Year are:
Aphex Twin 'Syro'
Benjamin Clementine 'At Least For Now'
C Duncan 'Architect'
Florence + The Machine 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful'
Gaz Coombes 'Matador'
Ghostpoet 'Shedding Skin'
Jamie xx 'In Colour'
Róisín Murphy 'Hairless Toys'
Slaves 'Are You Satisfied?'
SOAK 'Before We Forgot How To Dream'
Wolf Alice 'My Love Is Cool'
02 October 2015The shortlist for the 2015 Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ will be revealed on Friday 16 October. The announcement will be made by presenter and broadcaster Lauren Laverne during her show on BBC Radio 6Music, which commences at 10.00am GMT.
Plans for this year’s Awards Show have also been announced. Prior to the awards, an eclectic series of broadcasts are scheduled across the BBC’s radio and digital platforms, which will include the 2015 Mercury Prize Albums of the Year being showcased through a series of studio sessions featuring this year’s shortlisted artists.
The event is to be held in the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House in London on Friday 20 November and will be hosted by Lauren Laverne. Broadcast live on BBC Four and 6Music, the evening will culminate in the announcement of the overall winner of the 2015 Mercury Prize in association with BBC Music. BBC Radio 6 Music will reflect the awards during the evening, crossing live for the big announcement.
02 October 2015The 2015 Mercury Prize judging panel has been announced:
Simon Frith (Chairman) – Author and Music Writer; Professor of Music, Edinburgh University
Anna Calvi – Musician and songwriter
Corinne Bailey Rae – Musician and songwriter
Elisa Bray – Music Editor, The Independent
Greg Cochrane – Editor, NME.com
John Kennedy – Presenter, ‘X-Posure’, Xfm
Kat Morris – Festival Director, The Great Escape
Kate Mossman – Music Writer and Broadcaster; Arts Editor, New Statesman
MistaJam – DJ and broadcaster
Mike Flynn – Music Writer; Deputy Editor Jazzwise
Nick Luscombe – DJ and broadcaster; founder ‘Musicity’
Nick Mulvey – Musician and songwriter
08 July 20152015 sees the Mercury Prize form an extensive new partnership with BBC Music. As well as broadcasting exclusive coverage of the shortlist and winner announcements, the BBC will also showcase the Mercury Prize 2015 Albums of the Year through a series of studio sessions featuring this year’s shortlisted artists.
This year’s 2015 Mercury Prize in association with BBC Music will culminate in the announcement of the overall winner on Friday 20 November 2015 on both BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music.
08 July 2015We’re pleased to announce the key dates for the 2015 Mercury Prize in association with BBC Music >>
Shortlist announcement: Friday 16 October 2015
Winner announcement: Friday 20 November 2015
29 October 2014We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2014 Mercury Prize is Young Fathers for their album 'Dead'. Congratulations to all of this year's shortlisted artists!
10 September 2014The 2014 Mercury Prize Albums of the Year were announced earlier on 10 September at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden. Host Alice Levine revealed that this year’s albums are:
Anna Calvi - One Breath
Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow
Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
East India Youth - Total Strife Forever
FKA Twigs - LP1
GoGo Penguin - V2.0
Jungle - Jungle
Kate Tempest - Everybody Down
Nick Mulvey - First Mind
Polar Bear - In Each And Every One
Royal Blood - Royal Blood
Young Fathers - Dead
After the announcement, the crowd was treated to stunning performances from Kate Tempest and Nick Mulvey. For more information on this year’s artists and albums, see the Mercury Prize website.
30 October 2013We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2013 Mercury Prize is James Blake for the album 'Overgrown'. Congratulations to all of this year's shortlisted artists!
11 September 2013The 2013 Mercury Prize Albums of the Year were announced earlier this evening at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden. Host Lauren Laverne revealed that this year’s albums are:
Arctic Monkeys 'AM'
David Bowie 'The Next Day'
Foals 'Holy Fire'
Jake Bugg 'Jake Bugg'
James Blake 'Overgrown'
Jon Hopkins 'Immunity'
Laura Marling 'Once I Was An Eagle'
Laura Mvula 'Sing To The Moon'
Savages 'Silence Yourself'
After the announcement, the crowd was treated to stunning performances from James Blake and Villagers.
01 November 2012We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2012 Mercury Prize is Alt-J for the album 'An Awesome Wave'. Congratulations to all of this year's shortlisted artists!
12 September 2012The 2012 Mercury Prize Albums of the Year were announced earlier this evening at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden. Host Lauren Laverne revealed that this year's albums are:
Alt-J 'An Awesome Wave'
Ben Howard 'Every Kingdom'
Django Django 'Django Django'
Field Music ‘Plumb’
Jessie Ware ‘Devotion’
Lianne La Havas ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’
Michael Kiwanuka ‘Home Again’
The Maccabees ‘Given to the Wild’
Plan B ‘Ill Manors’
Richard Hawley ‘Standing at the Sky’s Edge’
Roller Trio ‘Roller Trio’
Sam Lee ‘Ground of its Own’
After the announcement, the crowd was treated to stunning performances from Jessie Ware and Michael Kiwanuka.
For more information on this year’s artists and albums, see the Mercury Prize website.
06 September 2011It is with great pleasure that we can announce that winner of the 2011 Mercury Prize Album of the Year is PJ Harvey. Congratulations to all this year's artists, and thank you for making this one of the best Awards Shows yet!
19 July 2011Lauren Laverne has announced the Mercury Prize '2011 Albums of the Year'. Addressing an expectant audience at The Hospital Club in London, Lauren revealed the twelve albums shortlisted for this year's Mercury Prize. They are:
Adele - 21
Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys!
Everything Everything - Man Alive
Ghostpoet - Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam
Gwilym Simcock - Good Days At Schloss Elmau
James Blake - James Blake
Katy B - On A Mission
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine
Metronomy - The English Riviera
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Tinie Tempah - Disc-Overy
07 September 2010A surprised The xx collect their trophy from Jools Holland as they are announced winners of the 2010 Mercury Prize for Album of the Year on Tuesday 7 September.
Simon Frith, the Prize's Chair of Judges said, "The xx have a unique sense of time and space - urban and enigmatic. The result is a wonderfully atmospheric album - sparse, urgent, hypnotic and powerful".
07 September 2010Congratulations to The xx who pick up the Mercury Prize Album of the Year.
Congratulations to Oliver, Romy and Jamie and to all the artists involved in this year's Prize.
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20 July 2010The Mercury Prize 2010 Albums of the Year have been announced. Speaking from The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, Lauren Laverne revealed this year's albums:
Biffy Clyro 'Only Revolutions'
Villagers 'Becoming A Jackal'
Corinne Bailey Rae 'The Sea'
Mumford & Sons ‘Sigh No More’
Paul Weller 'Wake Up The Nation'
Wild Beasts 'Two Dancers'
Kit Downes Trio ‘Golden’
Laura Marling 'I Speak Because I Can'
Dizzee Rascal 'Tongue N’ Cheek'
Foals 'Total Life Forever'
I Am Kloot 'Sky At Night'
The xx 'xx'
After the announcements the crowd was treated to exclusive acoustic performances from Villagers, who played the rousing 'Becoming A Jackal', and Corinne Bailey Rae, who stunned the room with a captivating rendition of 'The Sea'.
The Mercury Prize website has more news about the launch and further information on all of this year’s artists and albums.
20 July 2010There's now only a day to go before this year's Mercury Prize 'Albums of the Year' are revealed. Check back here tomorrow at midday - or you can get the shortlist as soon as it's announced by following us on Twitter - @mercuryprize
The announcement will be made by presenter and broadcaster Lauren Laverne and will be hosted by The Hospital Club in London.
Lauren is already looking forward to it: “It’s a fantastically exciting time for UK music, which means the 2010 Prize should be a real cracker. There have been loads of great albums released over the last year, so it’ll be fascinating to see who makes the final shortlist of twelve. I can’t wait to reveal the line-up to the nation in July.”
The overall winner of the 2010 Prize will be decided and announced at the Mercury Prize Awards Show on Tuesday 7 September.
22 February 2010The key dates for the
2010 Mercury Prize 'Albums of the Year' are:
Tuesday 20 July: Albums of the Year Launch
- shortlist announcement
Tuesday 7 September: Awards Show
- overall winner announcement
08 January 2010Mercury Prize Albums of the Year by La Roux, Florence + the Machine and Bat For Lashes have all appeared in a list celebrating the best album covers of 2009. The twenty-strong list was topped by Muse's fifth studio album 'The Resistance' and also featured recent sleeves from Editors and Massive Attack.
16 December 2009Thom Yorke usually shies away from media attention, but the Radiohead front man was on uncharacteristically communicative form in Copenhagen this week. Well known for his environmental campaigning, Yorke made a surprise appearance at the Climate Conference as he was keen to see what was happening. Most surprising was his method of entry: he had to borrow a press pass to get in! “I’m here on a press pass just like you guys,” he joked with reporters “can you imagine they’d let me in any other way? Let’s just see how long it lasts before I get kicked out!”
Watch a full interview with Thom talking about the Climate Conference here: