Mercury Music Prize 2001-2003

In an unprecedented move in 2001 Gorillaz decided to withdraw themselves from the running, before the awards finally took place just hours after the attacks of September 11th. Then the Mercury Music Prize celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2002.

Technics Mercury Music Prize 2001

Apparently Gorillaz felt the prize sounded “a bit heavy,” and would be akin to “carrying a dead albatross around your neck for eternity,” so asked to be removed from the running. This year’s ceremony took place on 11th September 2001.

Nominees:

  • Basement Jaxx – Rooty
  • Elbow – Asleep in the Back
  • Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain
  • Gorillaz – Gorillaz
  • Ed Harcourt – Here Be Monsters
  • PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
  • Tom McRae – Tom McRae
  • Radiohead – Amnesiac
  • Susheela Raman – Salt Rain
  • Super Furry Animals – Rings Around the World
  • Turin Brakes – The Optimist LP
  • Zero 7 – Simple Things

Winner: PJ Harvey, who was unable to attend in person due to the being caught in Washington DC on the day of the September 11th terror attacks in the USA.

Panasonic Mercury Music Prize 2002

Took place on 17th September 2002 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Nominees:

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

Winner: Ms. Dynamite

Panasonic Mercury Music Prize 2003

Took place on 9th September 2003.

Nominees:

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

Winner: Dizzee Rascal

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Mercury Music Prize 1998-2000

From 1998 there were now two more nominees every year (bringing the total to twelve) and the prize got a new sponsor – so also got a new name, the Technics Mercury Music Prize, sponsored by Technics.

Technics Mercury Music Prize 1998

Took place on 16th September 1998.

Nominees:

  • Asian Dub Foundation – Rafi’s Revenge
  • Eliza Carthy – Red Rice
  • Catatonia – International Velvet
  • Cornershop – When I Was Born for the Seventh Time
  • 4hero – Two Pages
  • Gomez – Bring it On
  • Massive Attack – Mezzanine
  • Propellerheads – Decksandrumsandrockandroll
  • Pulp – This is Hardcore
  • John Surman – Proverbs and Songs
  • The Verve – Urban Hymns
  • Robbie Williams – Life Thru a Lens

Winner: Gomez

Technics Mercury Music Prize 1999

Took place on 7th September 1999.

Nominees:

  • Thomas Adès – Asyla
  • Denys Baptiste – Be Where You Are
  • Black Star Liner – Bengali Bantam Youth Experience!
  • Blur – 13
  • The Chemical Brothers – Surrender
  • Faithless – Sunday 8pm
  • Manic Street Preachers – This is My Truth Tell Me Yours
  • Beth Orton – Central Reservation
  • Kate Rusby – Sleepless
  • Talvin Singh – OK
  • Underworld – Beaucoup Fish

Winner: Talvin Singh

Technics Mercury Music Prize 2000

Took place on 12th September 2000.

Nominees:

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

Winner: Badly Drawn Boy

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