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.
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.
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.
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.