Mercury Prize 2015

There was a particularly strong list of nominees for this year’s Mercury Prize:

  • Aphex Twin – Syro
  • Benjamin Clementine – At Least for Now
  • C Duncan – Architect
  • ESKA – Eska
  • 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

Which is why it’s particularly interesting that the winner was Benjamin Clementine – apparently it’s OK that you probably haven’t heard of him though. Apart from his expertise in dried spaghetti, he does seem to be a strong singer. Is he worthy of beating the likes of Aphex Twin and Róisín Murphy? You can decide that for yourself.

Mercury Prize 2015 – Nominees

Whatever you think of it, the Mercury Prize is always an interesting barometer of the UK music industry, and this year’s is no exception. Here are the nominees:

  • Aphex Twin – Syro
  • Benjamin Clementine – At Least for Now
  • C Duncan – Architect
  • ESKA – Eska
  • 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

It’s particularly nice to see the latest Róisín Murphy release on the list.

The winner will be announced on Friday 20 November at the BBC, and you can win all of the albums here.

Mercury Music Prize 2010-2012

With the Barclaycard Mercury Prize winner being announced this evening it’s high time that we caught up to the modern day and looked at the last three prize winners. This was a period in which many fans started to suggest the committee might have lost it, and PJ Harvey became the first artist ever to win the coveted award twice.

Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2010

The 2010 award took place on 7th September 2010, at the Grosvenor House hotel, in central London.

Nominees:

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

Winner: The XX

Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2011

Presented by Jools Holland on the 6th September 2011, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Nominees:

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

Winner: PJ Harvey

Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2012

As part of the new format, the award shifted back a couple of months and took place on 1st November 2012, at The Roundhouse, Camden.

Nominees:

  • Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
  • Django Django – Django Django
  • Field Music – Plumb
  • Richard Hawley – Standing at the Sky’s Edge
  • Ben Howard – Every Kingdom
  • Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
  • 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 – Devotion

Winner: Alt-J

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