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The Mercury Prize, formerly called the Mercury Music Prize, is an annual music prize awarded for the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland. 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,[1] from which the prize gets its name. It was later sponsored by Technics[2] (1998 to 2001), Panasonic[1] (2002 and 2003), Nationwide Building Society (2004 to 2008) and Barclaycard
Barclaycard
(2009–14).[3][4] The 2015 prize was sponsored by the BBC,[4] while in 2016 it was announced that a three-year deal had been struck with Hyundai to sponsor the event.[5] Any album released by a British artist, or by a band where over 50% of the members are British, 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.[6][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
Mercury Prize
also receives a cheque; in 2017, the prize money was £25,000. The winner also receives an additional winner's trophy.[10] To date, PJ Harvey
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. Radiohead
Radiohead
are the most shortlisted artists with five, but they have never won.[11]

Contents

1 Criticism 2 Winners and shortlisted nominees

2.1 1990s 2.2 2000s 2.3 2010s

3 Artists with multiple wins 4 Artists with multiple nominations 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Criticism[edit] The Mercury Prize
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
The Seldom Seen Kid
after winning the Prize in 2008.[12][13] In their winner's speech, Elbow's frontman Guy Garvey said that winning the Mercury Prize
Mercury Prize
was 'Quite literally the best thing that has ever happened to us'.[14][15] Similarly, sales of The xx's winning album rose by 450% the day after they won the 2010 Mercury Prize[16][17] 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.[18][19] 2011 winner PJ Harvey's album Let England Shake
Let England Shake
jumped from number 181 to 24 in the UK official charts the week after the 2011 Awards Show.[20] 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.[21][22] In 2001, the band Gorillaz
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".[23][24] 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.[6] Simon Frith, chair of the Mercury Prize
Mercury Prize
judging panel, has said that albums are chosen because they are the "strongest" each year, rather than according to genre.[25] 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.[26] Classical acts to have an album nominated have included Sir John Tavener, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Gavin Bryars
Gavin Bryars
and Nicholas Maw. None has ever won, and there has not been a shortlisted classical album since 2002. The Mercury Prize
Mercury Prize
also has a reputation for being awarded to outside chances rather than the favourites.[27][28] The 1994 award winner was Elegant Slumming
Elegant Slumming
by the pop act M People, which some felt was a controversial decision considering the shortlist included popular albums from Britpop
Britpop
figureheads Paul Weller, Blur and Pulp, and electronica band The Prodigy.[29][30][31] Other music journalists critical of the awards stated that the 2005 award should not have been given to Antony and the Johnsons
Antony and the Johnsons
for their album I Am a Bird Now
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.[32][33] In 2006, Isobel Campbell's collaboration with Mark Lanegan, Ballad
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.[34] Current eligibility criteria state that all albums must be available to buy as a full release on CD in the UK and as a digital download.[6] 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".[35] It has also been noted that heavy metal has been overlooked by the prize. A 2013 article by Vice on the Mercury Prize
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…'"[36] The only metal record that has ever been nominated for the Mercury Prize
Mercury Prize
is Troublegum
Troublegum
by Therapy?
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."[37] Winners and shortlisted nominees[edit] 1990s[edit]

Year Winner Shortlisted nominees Image Ref(s)

1992 Primal Scream
Primal Scream
– Screamadelica

Barry Adamson
Barry Adamson
– Soul Murder Erasure
Erasure
– Chorus Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart
Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart
– Rising Above Bedlam The Jesus and Mary Chain
The Jesus and Mary Chain
– Honey's Dead Bheki Mseleku – Celebration Saint Etienne – Foxbase Alpha Simply Red
Simply Red
– Stars U2 – Achtung Baby John Tavener
John Tavener
and Steven Isserlis – The Protecting Veil Young Disciples – Road to Freedom

[38]

1993 Suede – Suede

Apache Indian
Apache Indian
– No Reservations The Auteurs – New Wave Gavin Bryars
Gavin Bryars
– Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet Dina Carroll – So Close East 17
East 17
– Walthamstow PJ Harvey
PJ Harvey
– Rid of Me New Order – Republic Stereo MCs
Stereo MCs
– Connected Sting – Ten Summoner's Tales Stan Tracey
Stan Tracey
– Portraits Plus

[39]

1994 M People – Elegant Slumming

Blur – Parklife Ian McNabb
Ian McNabb
– Head Like a Rock Shara Nelson – What Silence Knows Michael Nyman
Michael Nyman
– The Piano Concerto/MGV Primal Scream
Primal Scream
– Give Out But Don't Give Up The Prodigy
The Prodigy
– Music for the Jilted Generation Pulp – His 'n' Hers Take That
Take That
– Everything Changes Therapy?
Therapy?
– Troublegum Paul Weller
Paul Weller
– Wild Wood

[40]

1995 Portishead – Dummy

Guy Barker
Guy Barker
– Into the Blue The Boo Radleys
The Boo Radleys
– Wake Up! Elastica
Elastica
– Elastica PJ Harvey
PJ Harvey
– To Bring You My Love Leftfield
Leftfield
– Leftism James MacMillan – Seven Last Words from the Cross Van Morrison
Van Morrison
– Days Like This Oasis – Definitely Maybe Supergrass
Supergrass
– I Should Coco Tricky – Maxinquaye

[41]

1996 Pulp – Different Class

Artists for War Child – Help Black Grape
Black Grape
– It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah Peter Maxwell Davies/ BBC Philharmonic
BBC Philharmonic
– The Beltane Fire / Caroline Mathilde Manic Street Preachers
Manic Street Preachers
– Everything Must Go Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack Oasis – (What's the Story) Morning Glory? Courtney Pine
Courtney Pine
– Modern Day Jazz
Jazz
Stories Underworld – Second Toughest in the Infants Norma Waterson
Norma Waterson
– Norma Waterson

[42]

1997 Roni Size/ Reprazent – New Forms

The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers
– Dig Your Own Hole Beth Orton
Beth Orton
– Trailer Park Primal Scream
Primal Scream
– Vanishing Point The Prodigy
The Prodigy
– The Fat of the Land Radiohead
Radiohead
– OK Computer Spice Girls
Spice Girls
– Spice Suede – Coming Up John Tavener
John Tavener
– Svyati Mark-Anthony Turnage – Your Rockaby

[41]

1998 Gomez – Bring It On

4hero
4hero
– Two Pages Asian Dub Foundation
Asian Dub Foundation
– Rafi's Revenge Eliza Carthy
Eliza Carthy
– Red Rice Catatonia – International Velvet Cornershop
Cornershop
– When I Was Born for the 7th Time Massive Attack
Massive Attack
– Mezzanine Propellerheads – Decksandrumsandrockandroll Pulp – This Is Hardcore John Surman
John Surman
– Proverbs & Songs The Verve
The Verve
– Urban Hymns Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams
– Life thru a Lens

[41]

1999 Talvin Singh – Ok

Thomas Adès
Thomas Adès
– Asyla Denys Baptiste
Denys Baptiste
– Be Where You Are Black Star Liner – Bengali Bantam Youth Experience! Blur – 13 The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers
– Surrender Faithless
Faithless
– Sunday 8PM Manic Street Preachers
Manic Street Preachers
– This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours Beth Orton
Beth Orton
– Central Reservation Kate Rusby
Kate Rusby
– Sleepless Stereophonics
Stereophonics
– Performance and Cocktails Underworld – Beaucoup Fish

[43]

2000s[edit]

Year Winner Shortlisted nominees Image Ref(s)

2000 Badly Drawn Boy
Badly Drawn Boy
– The Hour of Bewilderbeast

Richard Ashcroft
Richard Ashcroft
– Alone with Everybody Coldplay
Coldplay
– Parachutes M. J. Cole – Sincere Death in Vegas
Death in Vegas
– The Contino Sessions The Delgados – The Great Eastern Doves – Lost Souls Helicopter Girl – How to Steal the World Leftfield
Leftfield
– Rhythm and Stealth Nicholas Maw
Nicholas Maw
– Violin Concerto Nitin Sawhney
Nitin Sawhney
– Beyond Skin Kathryn Williams
Kathryn Williams
– Little Black Numbers

[44]

2001 PJ Harvey
PJ Harvey
– Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea

Basement Jaxx
Basement Jaxx
– Rooty Elbow – Asleep in the Back Goldfrapp
Goldfrapp
– Felt Mountain Gorillaz
Gorillaz
Gorillaz
Gorillaz
(nomination withdrawn at the request of the band)[45] Ed Harcourt
Ed Harcourt
– Here Be Monsters Tom McRae – Tom McRae Radiohead
Radiohead
– Amnesiac Susheela Raman
Susheela Raman
– Salt Rain Super Furry Animals
Super Furry Animals
– Rings Around the World Turin Brakes – The Optimist LP Zero 7
Zero 7
– Simple Things

[46]

2002 Ms. Dynamite
Ms. Dynamite
– A Little Deeper

Guy Barker
Guy Barker
– Soundtrack The Bees – Sunshine Hit Me David Bowie
David Bowie
– Heathen The Coral
The Coral
– The Coral Doves – The Last Broadcast The Electric Soft Parade – Holes in the Wall Gemma Hayes
Gemma Hayes
– Night on My Side Beverley Knight
Beverley Knight
– Who I Am Roots Manuva
Roots Manuva
– Run Come Save Me Joanna MacGregor
Joanna MacGregor
– Play The Streets
The Streets
– Original Pirate Material

[47]

2003 Dizzee Rascal
Dizzee Rascal
– Boy in da Corner

Athlete – Vehicles and Animals Eliza Carthy
Eliza Carthy
– Anglicana Coldplay
Coldplay
– A Rush of Blood to the Head The Darkness – Permission to Land Floetry
Floetry
– Floetic Soweto Kinch
Soweto Kinch
– Conversations with the Unseen Lemon Jelly
Lemon Jelly
– Lost Horizons The Thrills
The Thrills
– So Much for the City Martina Topley-Bird
Martina Topley-Bird
– Quixotic Radiohead
Radiohead
– Hail to the Thief Terri Walker – Untitled

[48]

2004 Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand

Basement Jaxx
Basement Jaxx
– Kish Kash Belle & Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress Jamelia
Jamelia
– Thank You Keane – Hopes and Fears Snow Patrol
Snow Patrol
– Final Straw Joss Stone
Joss Stone
– The Soul Sessions The Streets
The Streets
– A Grand Don't Come for Free Ty – Upwards Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
– Frank Robert Wyatt
Robert Wyatt
– Cuckooland The Zutons
The Zutons
– Who Killed...... The Zutons?

[49]

2005 Antony and the Johnsons
Antony and the Johnsons
– I Am a Bird Now

Bloc Party
Bloc Party
– Silent Alarm Coldplay
Coldplay
– X&Y Hard-Fi
Hard-Fi
– Stars of CCTV Kaiser Chiefs
Kaiser Chiefs
– Employment KT Tunstall
KT Tunstall
– Eye to the Telescope M.I.A. – Arular Maxïmo Park
Maxïmo Park
– A Certain Trigger Polar Bear – Held on the Tips of Fingers Seth Lakeman
Seth Lakeman
– Kitty Jay The Go! Team
The Go! Team
– Thunder, Lightning, Strike The Magic Numbers
The Magic Numbers
– The Magic Numbers

[33]

2006 Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys
– Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

Isobel Campbell
Isobel Campbell
and Mark Lanegan
Mark Lanegan
Ballad
Ballad
of the Broken Seas Editors – The Back Room Guillemots
Guillemots
– Through the Windowpane Richard Hawley
Richard Hawley
– Coles Corner Hot Chip
Hot Chip
– The Warning Muse – Black Holes & Revelations Zoe Rahman
Zoe Rahman
– Melting Pot Lou Rhodes
Lou Rhodes
– Beloved One Scritti Politti
Scritti Politti
– White Bread Black Beer Sway – This Is My Demo Thom Yorke
Thom Yorke
– The Eraser

[50]

2007 Klaxons
Klaxons
– Myths of the Near Future

Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys
– Favourite Worst Nightmare Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford
Seb Rochford
– Basquiat Strings Bat for Lashes
Bat for Lashes
– Fur and Gold Dizzee Rascal
Dizzee Rascal
– Maths + English Maps – We Can Create New Young Pony Club – Fantastic Playroom Fionn Regan
Fionn Regan
– The End of History Jamie T
Jamie T
– Panic Prevention The View – Hats Off to the Buskers Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
– Back to Black Young Knives – Voices of Animals and Men

[51]

2008 Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid

Adele
Adele
– 19 British Sea Power
British Sea Power
– Do You Like Rock Music? Burial – Untrue Estelle – Shine The Last Shadow Puppets
The Last Shadow Puppets
– The Age of the Understatement Laura Marling
Laura Marling
– Alas, I Cannot Swim Neon Neon – Stainless Style Robert Plant
Robert Plant
& Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss
– Raising Sand Portico Quartet – Knee Deep in the North Sea Radiohead
Radiohead
– In Rainbows Rachel Unthank and the Winterset
Rachel Unthank and the Winterset
– The Bairns

[52]

2009 Speech Debelle
Speech Debelle
– Speech Therapy

Bat for Lashes
Bat for Lashes
– Two Suns Florence and the Machine
Florence and the Machine
– Lungs Friendly Fires
Friendly Fires
– Friendly Fires Glasvegas
Glasvegas
– Glasvegas Lisa Hannigan
Lisa Hannigan
– Sea Sew The Horrors
The Horrors
– Primary Colours The Invisible – The Invisible Kasabian
Kasabian
– West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum La Roux
La Roux
– La Roux Led Bib – Sensible Shoes Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Twice Born Men

[53]

2010s[edit]

Year Winner Shortlisted nominees Image Ref(s)

2010 The xx
The xx
– xx

Corinne Bailey Rae
Corinne Bailey Rae
– The Sea Biffy Clyro
Biffy Clyro
– Only Revolutions Dizzee Rascal
Dizzee Rascal
– Tongue n' Cheek Foals – Total Life Forever I Am Kloot
I Am Kloot
– Sky at Night Kit Downes Trio – Golden Laura Marling
Laura Marling
– I Speak Because I Can Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More Villagers – Becoming a Jackal Paul Weller
Paul Weller
– Wake Up the Nation Wild Beasts
Wild Beasts
– Two Dancers

[54]

2011 PJ Harvey
PJ Harvey
– Let England Shake

Adele
Adele
– 21 James Blake – James Blake Anna Calvi
Anna Calvi
– Anna Calvi Elbow – Build a Rocket Boys! Everything Everything
Everything Everything
– Man Alive Ghostpoet
Ghostpoet
– Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam Katy B – On a Mission King Creosote
King Creosote
& Jon Hopkins
Jon Hopkins
– Diamond Mine Metronomy
Metronomy
– The English Riviera Gwilym Simcock – Good Days at Schloss Elmau Tinie Tempah
Tinie Tempah
– Disc-Overy

[55]

2012 alt-J – An Awesome Wave

Django Django
Django Django
– Django Django Field Music
Field Music
– Plumb Richard Hawley
Richard Hawley
– Standing at the Sky's Edge Ben Howard
Ben Howard
– Every Kingdom Michael Kiwanuka
Michael Kiwanuka
– Home Again Lianne La Havas
Lianne La Havas
– Is Your Love Big Enough? Sam Lee – Ground of its Own The Maccabees – Given to the Wild Plan B – ill Manors Roller Trio – Roller Trio Jessie Ware
Jessie Ware
– Devotion

[56] [57]

2013 James Blake – Overgrown

Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys
– AM David Bowie
David Bowie
– The Next Day Jake Bugg
Jake Bugg
– Jake Bugg Disclosure – Settle Foals – Holy Fire Jon Hopkins
Jon Hopkins
– Immunity Laura Marling
Laura Marling
– Once I Was an Eagle Laura Mvula
Laura Mvula
– Sing to the Moon Rudimental
Rudimental
– Home Savages – Silence Yourself Villagers – Awayland
Awayland

[58] [59]

2014 Young Fathers
Young Fathers
– Dead

Damon Albarn
Damon Albarn
– Everyday Robots Bombay Bicycle Club
Bombay Bicycle Club
– So Long, See You Tomorrow Anna Calvi
Anna Calvi
– One Breath East India Youth
East India Youth
– Total Strife Forever FKA twigs
FKA twigs
– LP1 GoGo Penguin
GoGo Penguin
– V2.0 Jungle – Jungle Nick Mulvey
Nick Mulvey
– First Mind Polar Bear – In Each and Every One Royal Blood – Royal Blood Kate Tempest
Kate Tempest
– Everybody Down

[60]

2015 Benjamin Clementine
Benjamin Clementine
– At Least for Now

Aphex Twin
Aphex Twin
– Syro Gaz Coombes
Gaz Coombes
– Matador C Duncan – Architect Eska – Eska Florence and the Machine
Florence and the Machine
– How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful Ghostpoet
Ghostpoet
– Shedding Skin Róisín Murphy
Róisín Murphy
– Hairless Toys Slaves – Are You Satisfied? SOAK – Before We Forgot How to Dream Wolf Alice
Wolf Alice
– My Love Is Cool Jamie xx
Jamie xx
– In Colour

[61]

2016 Skepta
Skepta
– Konnichiwa

Anohni
Anohni
– Hopelessness Bat for Lashes
Bat for Lashes
– The Bride David Bowie
David Bowie
– Blackstar The Comet Is Coming – Channel the Spirits Kano – Made in the Manor Michael Kiwanuka
Michael Kiwanuka
– Love & Hate Laura Mvula
Laura Mvula
– The Dreaming Room The 1975
The 1975
– I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It Radiohead
Radiohead
– A Moon Shaped Pool Savages – Adore Life Jamie Woon
Jamie Woon
– Making Time

[62]

2017 Sampha
Sampha
– Process

alt-J – Relaxer The Big Moon
The Big Moon
– Love in the 4th Dimension Blossoms – Blossoms Loyle Carner
Loyle Carner
– Yesterday's Gone Dinosaur – Together, As One Glass Animals
Glass Animals
– How to Be a Human Being J Hus
J Hus
– Common Sense Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
– ÷ Stormzy
Stormzy
– Gang Signs & Prayer Kate Tempest
Kate Tempest
– Let Them Eat Chaos The xx
The xx
– I See You

[63]

Artists with multiple wins[edit]

2 wins

PJ Harvey

Artists with multiple nominations[edit] Totals listed are for bands or artists nominated more than once under the same name. It does not include appearances on compilations (e.g. Artists for War Child) or individuals nominated separately as a soloist and group member (e.g. Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams
for his Life thru a Lens and Take That's Everything Changes).

5 nominations

Radiohead

4 nominations

PJ Harvey

3 nominations

Arctic Monkeys Bat for Lashes David Bowie Coldplay Dizzee Rascal Elbow Laura Marling Primal Scream Pulp

2 nominations

Adele alt-J Guy Barker Basement Jaxx James Blake Blur Anna Calvi Eliza Carthy The Chemical Brothers Doves Florence and the Machine Foals Ghostpoet Richard Hawley Jon Hopkins Michael Kiwanuka

Leftfield Manic Street Preachers Laura Mvula Oasis Beth Orton Polar Bear The Prodigy Savages The Streets Suede John Tavener Kate Tempest Underworld Villagers Paul Weller Amy Winehouse The xx

See also[edit]

Scottish Album of the Year Award
Scottish Album of the Year Award
( Scotland) Welsh Music Prize
Welsh Music Prize
( Wales) Choice Music Prize
Choice Music Prize
( Ireland) Polaris Music Prize
Polaris Music Prize
( Canada) Prix Constantin ( France) Shortlist Music Prize
Shortlist Music Prize
( United States) Australian Music Prize
Australian Music Prize
( Australia) Nordic Music Prize
Nordic Music Prize
( Norway) Premio Ruido
Premio Ruido
( Spain) Taite Music Prize
Taite Music Prize
( New Zealand)

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