Mercury Music Prize 2004-2006

By 2006, speculation seemed to be mounting that somehow winning the prize was a curse, meaning you would never do anything meaningful again. Which, if you look back through the list of winners, may not be a million miles away from the truth. But then, how many artists release more than one exceptional album?

Nationwide Mercury Prize 2004

The 2004 ceremony took place on 7th September.

Nominees:

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

Winner: Franz Ferdinand

Nationwide Mercury Prize 2005

The first week in September always saw the Mercury Prize ceremony during this period, and this year’s was on 6th September 2005

Nominees:

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

Winner: Antony and the Johnsons

Nationwide Mercury Prize 2006

The award ceremony took place on 5th September 2006

Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
  • Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan – Ballad of the Broken Seas
  • Editors – The Back Room
  • Guillemots – Through the Windowpane
  • Richard Hawley – Coles Corner
  • Hot Chip – The Warning
  • Muse – Black Holes and Revelations
  • Zoë Rahman – Melting Pot
  • Lou Rhodes – Beloved One
  • Scritti Politti – White Bread Black Beer
  • Sway – This is My Demo
  • Thom Yorke – Eraser

Winner: Arctic Monkeys

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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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The BRIT Awards 2003

With only a couple of weeks left until this year’s ceremony, I decided we should think about taking a trip back ten whole years to 2003. It was February 20th, the venue was Earls Court in London, and your host was Davina McCall. It was lively but alcohol-free. Largely free of cock-ups and controversy, the ceremony went something like this…

Watch the show introduction video here and Davina going on about innovations here.

Best British Breakthrough Act

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1 and presented by Sara Cox. Nominees:

  • The Coral
  • Liberty X
  • Ms Dynamite
  • The Streets
  • Will Young

Winner: Will Young.

Best International Breakthrough Act

Presented by Mis-teeq. Nominees:

  • Avril Lavigne
  • Nickelback
  • Norah Jones
  • Shakira
  • The White Stripes

Winner: Norah Jones.

Best British Male Solo Artist

Breast British Male, apparently. Presented by David Walliams and Matt Lucas, in character as Charlotte Church and Eminem. Nominees:

  • Badly Drawn Boy
  • Craig David
  • David Gray
  • Robbie Williams
  • The Streets (Mike Skinner)

Winner: Robbie Williams.

Best International Male Solo Artist

Presented by Natalie Imbruglia. Nominees:

  • Beck
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Eminem
  • Moby
  • Nelly

Winner: Eminem.

Best Pop Act

Voted for by viewers of CD:UK and The Sun. Presented by Cat Deeley. Nominees:

  • Blue
  • Enrique Iglesias
  • Gareth Gates
  • Pink
  • Will Young

Winner: Blue.

Best International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Ben Elton. Nominees:

  • Alicia Keys
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Missy Elliott
  • Norah Jones
  • Pink

Winner: Pink.

Best British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Vernon Kay. Nominees:

  • Alison Moyet
  • Beth Orton
  • Beverley Knight
  • Ms Dynamite
  • Sophie Ellis Bextor

Winner: Ms Dynamite.

Best British Urban Act

Voted for by viewers of MTV Base, and presented by Trevor Nelson. Nominees:

  • Beverley Knight
  • Big Brovaz
  • Craig David
  • Daniel Bedingfield
  • Mis-teeq
  • Ms Dynamite
  • Romeo
  • Roots Manuva
  • So Solid Crew
  • The Streets

Winner: Ms Dynamite.

Best International Group

Presented by Denise van Outen. Nominees:

  • Foo Fighters
  • Nickelback
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Röyksopp
  • The White Stripes

 

Winner: Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Best British Dance Act

Presented by Tess Daly. Nominees:

  • The Chemical Brothers
  • Groove Armada
  • Jamiroquai
  • Kosheen
  • Sugababes

A curious winner this time…

 

Winner: Sugababes.

Best British Single

Voted for by listeners of independent radio, and presented by Robin Gibb out of the Bee Gees. The nominees were the best selling five singles of 2002:

  • Atomic Kitten – The Tide Is High
  • Gareth Gates – Unchained Melody
  • Gareth Gates – Anyone of Us
  • Liberty X – Just a Little
  • Will Young – Anything is

Winner: Liberty X.

Best British Group

Presented by Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson. Nominees:

  • Blue
  • Coldplay
  • Doves
  • Oasis
  • Sugababes

Winner: Coldplay.

Best International Album

Presented by Rob Brydon. Nominees:

  • Eminem – The Eminem Show
  • Norah Jones – Come Away with Me
  • Alicia Keys – Songs in A Minor
  • Pink – Missundaztood
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – By the Way

Winner: Eminem.

MasterCard British Album

Presented by Justin Timberlake. Nominees:

  • Coldplay – Rush of Blood to the Head
  • The Coral – The Coral
  • Ms Dynamite – A Little Deeper
  • The Streets – Original Pirate Material
  • Sugababes – Angels With Dirty Faces

Winner: Coldplay.

Outstanding Contribution

Winner: Tom Jones.

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

Edit: removed the duplicated International Breakthrough Act category.

Edit: removed numerous videos that are no longer available (13 August 2017).

The BRIT Awards 2009

Some acts are much more successful in the world of the BRIT Awards than they are in the real world; some are the other way round. Erasure, for instance, whatever you may think of them, scored five consecutive number 1 albums from 1988 to 1994, but only managed one BRIT (Best British Group in 1989) with just a couple of other nominations. Depeche Mode just have one Single award to their names. New Order just one Video award. There are plenty of other examples.

Pet Shop Boys, though, are definitely very highly regarded by The Industry:

  • 1987 – Won Best British Single for West End Girls, picked up by Neil
  • 1988 – Won Best British Group and performed What Have I Done to Deserve This?
  • 1989 – Nominated for Best British Group and Best British Album for Introspective
  • 1992 – Nominated for Best British Group
  • 1994 – Nominated for Best British Music Video for Go West and performed Go West on stage with two Welsh Male Voice choirs
  • 2009 – See below
  • 2010 – Nominated for Brits Hits 30 for Go West

I think it’s fair to say that 2009 was the year when they made the ceremony their own. It was February 15th, the venue was Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, and Kylie MinogueJames Corden and Mathew Horne were presenting the show live on ITV1.

British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Simon Pegg. Nominees:

  • Adele
  • Beth Rowley
  • Duffy
  • Estelle
  • M.I.A.

Winner: Duffy.

International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Lionel Richie. Nominees:

  • Beyoncé
  • Gabriella Cilmi
  • Katy Perry
  • Pink
  • Santogold

Winner: Katy Perry.

International Group

Presented by Natalie Imbruglia. Nominees:

  • AC/DC
  • Fleet Foxes
  • Kings of Leon
  • MGMT
  • The Killers

Winner: Kings of Leon.

British Male Solo Artist

Presented by Jamie Oliver and Jamie Cullum. Nominees:

  • Ian Brown
  • James Morrison
  • Paul Weller
  • The Streets (Mike Skinner)
  • Will Young

Winner: Paul Weller.

British Breakthrough Act

Presented by Alex James from Blur. Nominees:

  • Adele
  • Duffy
  • Scouting for Girls
  • The Last Shadow Puppets
  • The Ting Tings

Winner: Duffy.

International Album

Presented by Joe Calzaghe. Nominees:

  • AC/DC – Black Ice
  • Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
  • Kings of Leon – Only by the Night
  • MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
  • The Killers – Day & Age

Winner: Kings of Leon.

British Live Act

Presented by Nick Frost. Nominees:

  • Coldplay
  • Elbow
  • Iron Maiden
  • Scouting for Girls
  • The Verve

Winner: Iron Maiden.

British Group

Presented by David Hasselhoff. Nominees:

  • Coldplay
  • Elbow
  • Girls Aloud
  • Radiohead
  • Take That

Winner: Elbow.

Critics’ Choice

Nominees:

  • Florence + The Machine
  • Little Boots
  • White Lies

Winner: Florence + The Machine.

International Male Solo Artist

Presented by Gok Wan. Nominees:

  • Beck
  • Jay-Z
  • Kanye West
  • Neil Diamond
  • Seasick Steve

Winner: Kanye West.

British Single

Voted for by phone during the ceremony, and presented by Alan Carr. Nominees:

  • Adele – Chasing Pavements
  • Alexandra Burke – Hallelujah
  • Coldplay – Viva la Vida
  • Dizzee Rascal / Calvin Harris / Chrome – Dance wiv Me
  • Duffy – Mercy
  • Estelle feat. Kanye West – American Boy
  • Girls Aloud – The Promise
  • Leona Lewis – Better in Time
  • Scouting for Girls – Heartbeat
  • The X Factor Finalists – Hero

Winner: Girls Aloud.

Best Producer

Winner: Bernard Butler.

MasterCard British Album

Presented by Sir Tom Jones. Nominees:

  • Coldplay – Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
  • Duffy – Rockferry
  • Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
  • Radiohead – In Rainbows
  • The Ting Tings – We Started Nothing

Winner: Duffy.

Outstanding Contribution

Presented by Brandon Flowers.

Winner: Pet Shop Boys.

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

Edit: removed numerous videos that are no longer available (13 August 2017).