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Mercury Music Prize

Post  misery guts on Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:43 pm

Nominees for the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize include Adele, Tinie Tempah and PJ Harvey, who took home the prize in 2001. Elbow, who collected the gong in 2008, have also been shortlisted.

Other nods go to King Creosote and Jon Hopkins, Metronomy, Katy B, Ghostpoet, Anna Calvi, James Blake, Everything Everything and Gwilym Simcock.

The overall winner will be revealed on September 6, when the £20,000 prize is to be awarded. All artists will perform during a ceremony leading up to the announcement, which will be aired on BBC Two. The nominees - who must be from either the UK or Ireland – have all released a studio album in the past year.

PJ Harvey is the favorite to win this year’s Mercury Prize. After releasing her eighth studio album, the singer was as surprised as anyone about the favorable reactions it received.

Harvey told the Observer: “It’s been overwhelming. People from all walks of life tell me how much it’s touched them. It’s a wonderful feeling, and not one I’m used to – the feeling that people were hungry for this kind of work.”
Adele is probably a likely tip, but given the sometime preference of left-field winners, it might as easily go to Katy B or Tinie Tempah.


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Post  misery guts on Thu Oct 06, 2011 11:23 am

Oops, forgot to update this.

PJ Harvey won, becoming the first 2-time winner (having previously won in 2001). Her concept album, Let England Shake, clearly appealed to the judges as a political winner.
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Post  misery guts on Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:03 am

Not sure why I forget updating this every year. Anyway, the 2018 winners were announced this week, Hyundai currently being the sponsors. Wolf Alice were a perhaps unexpected choice, rather akin to alt-J a few years back, for their Visions Of A Life album. Lily Allen, another of the nominees, tweeted to the effect that she felt she had been robbed. Grace in defeat, eh?
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