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 1995-1997

By the mid-1990s, the Mercury Prize was firmly placed as a reliable guide to the albums worth hearing of that year. Certainly there were omissions – indie always seemed to be overrated, while the pop and R&B inclusions were a little unpredictable, but there are still a huge number of great albums in the lists below.

Mercury Music Prize 1995

Nominees:

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

Winner: PortisheadNoel Gallagher famously thought he should have won for Definitely Maybe, but he turned out to be wrong.

Mercury Music Prize 1996

Took place on 10th September 1996.

Nominees:

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

Winner: Pulp. Presented to Jarvis Cocker, who then immediately handed over the award to Brian Eno and Tony Crean for the Help project.

Mercury Music Prize 1997

Took place on 28th August 1997, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Nominees:

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

Winner: Roni Size / Reprazent

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