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The Mercury Prize: Albums Of The Year

Lauren Laverne - The Mercury Prize: Albums of the Year held at the BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House - Arrivals at BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, The Mercury Prize - London, United Kingdom - Friday 20th November 2015

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Lauren Laverne
Lauren Laverne

Mercury Music Prize 2015 Nominations - Who's On The List?


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The Mercury Music Prize nominations for 2015 have been announced, and it’s a list with quite a few surprising omissions and inclusions.

The twelve artists fortunate enough to make the select list were announced over the course of Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6Music Radio show on Friday (October 16th), with Florence + The Machine and Wolf Alice being the biggest names among the dozen.

Florence’s third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, which reached Number 1 on both sides of the Atlantic earlier this year, is her second nomination after her debut Lungs in 2009, which was beaten by Speech Debelle. Wolf Alice’s first album My Love Is Cool came out in the same month and made Number 2 in the UK, winning rave reviews in the process.

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Young Fathers Win The Mercury Music Prize


Mercury Music Prize Young Fathers

Scottish trio Young Fathers have won this year’s Mercury Music Prize. Their debut album DEAD received the final nod from the judges when the announcement was made by Nick Grimshaw at London’s iconic Roundhouse venue on Wednesday evening.

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Young Fathers won the Mercury Music Prize on Wednesday

When the group was interviewed by More4’s Alice Levine a matter of seconds after scooping the prize, the members sounded rather shocked and lost for words, stating “it’s positive”. Their acceptance speech was similarly abrupt, simply saying “thank you, we love you, we love you all, thank you”. When asked what they intended to do with their £20,000 prize, the group’s ‘G’ Hastings implied that they hadn’t really considered the eventuality of winning it.

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FKA Twigs Favourite To Win Mercury Music Prize As Bookies Pray For Upset


FKA Twigs Kate Tempest Mercury Music Prize

Bookmakers will be hoping for a surprise result at the Mercury Music Prize on Wednesday night (October 29, 2014) as punters continue to back favourites FKA Twigs and Kate Tempest. The latest odds have the former as the narrow frontrunner at 5/2, with Brockley-born singer-songwriter Tempest available at 3/1 for her album Everybody Down.

FKA TwigsFKA Twigs remains the favourite to win the Mercury Music Prize tonight

FKA Twigs' record LP1 is one of the year's most critically acclaimed records, though Tempest's foray into hip-hop has seen her selected by the Poetry Book Society as one of the 20 next generation poets. She also won the Ted Hughes award for her work Brand New Ancients.

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Our Guide To This Year's Mercury Music Prize Nominations


Mercury Music Prize Damon Albarn Royal Blood Bombay Bicycle Club FKA Twigs East India Youth Young Fathers Kate Tempest Anna Calvi Nick Mulvey

The 24th edition of the annual Barclaycard Mercury Prize is due to be held on Wednesday 29th October at London’s Roundhouse.

Last week we brought you our analysis of who we thought would make the dozen-strong shortlist from which the judges will pick the eventual winner. We got five out of the twelve correct, not bad as many pundits have expressed surprise at the relative obscurity of this year’s list in comparison to previous awards.

Only two of the nominated albums have reached the Number 1 spot in the UK Albums Chart, and only one nominee can realistically call himself a household name. There has also been a surprising snub for Sam Smith, who has made a huge impression on the British public’s imagination, with his debut album In The Lonely Hour sitting at the top the charts four months after its release.

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East India Youth Is Smart Bet For 'Mercury Music Awards' 2014


Damon Albarn East India Youth Kate Tempest Mercury Music Prize

The debut solo album from Damon Albarn has been nominated for the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2014. The list of nominees - better than last year but still mostly uninspiring - also includes Kate Tempest, Royal Blood and Nick Mulvey. Hilariously, the Independent reports on Ed Sheeran and Lily Allen "missing out".

Damon AlbarnDamon Albarn is nominated for 'Everyday Robots'

This year's list of nominees also includes Anna Calvi, One Breath, Bombay Bicycle Club, So Long, See You Tomorrow, FKA Twigs, LP1, GoGo Penguin, v2.0, Jungle, Jungle, Polar Bear, In Each and Every One, Young Fathers, Dead.

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Barclaycard Mercury Prize - Albums Of The Year Nominations

Tahliah Debrett Barnett and FKA Twigs - Barclaycard Mercury Prize - Albums of the Year Nominations - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 10th September 2014

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Tahliah Debrett Barnett and Fka Twigs
Tahliah Debrett Barnett and Fka Twigs
Fka Twigs and Tahliah Debrett Barnett
Tahliah Debrett Barnett and Fka Twigs

Our Picks For The Mercury Nominations


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The nominations for the Mercury Music Prize are set to be announced tomorrow afternoon. Twelve artists who have released albums between 10 September 2013 and 8 September 2014 will be selected by the panel of ten judges representing the British music industry.

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran could score a first Mercury nomination to add to his runaway commercial success

Every year there are selections from way out of left field, and deserved nominees who suffer injustice. So, ahead of the big reveal tomorrow, here are Contactmusic.com’s picks for the 2014 shortlist, a combination of ‘who we think should be nominated’ and ‘who we think will actually be nominated’.

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Halt-J? No Way - Mercury Winners Alt-J Will Continue Despite Gwil Sainsbury Exit


Alt-J Mercury Music Prize

In an unexpected shakeup of one of 2013’s most talked-about bands, Gwil Sainsbury left Alt-J following their Mercury win; but that doesn’t mean the end for the now-three-piece formed in Leeds back in 2007, as they’ve stated their intention to soldier on.

Alt-JThe then-four-piece Alt-J at the Q Awards 2012

The band announced the founder and bassist’s departure on Twitter, posting: “With regret, Gwil is leaving alt-J. This is purely a personal decision and as our best friend we support him completely,” on the 11th of January.

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Is Laura Mvula The Winner Of The Mercury Music Prize 2013?


Laura Mvula Arctic Monkeys Foals Mercury Music Prize David Bowie

Laura Mvula's debut albumSing To The Moon, one of the contenders for the BBC Sound of 2013 title, could claim a far more lucrative and career-defining prize at London's Roundhouse tonight.

Laura MvulaLaura Mvula Is The Favourite For the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize

For weeks, Disclosure's Settle has been the bookmakers' favorite to win the Barclaycard sponsored prize and £20,000 prize money, though on Wednesday Mvula's impressive record - a fusion of jazz, pop and even orchestral elements- was cut to just 4/6 with most bookies. Paddy Power are still holding strong with even money odds, but there's been an undeniable shift in who the bookmakers believe will win the Mercury Music Prize, presented by Lauren Laverne tonight.

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Barclaycard Mercury Prize Nominations

James Blake - Barclaycard Mercury Prize Nominations at the Hospital, Endell Street. Where: London, United Kingdom When: 11 September 2013 - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 11th September 2013

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James Blake
James Blake
James Blake
James Blake
James Blake

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File Photo and Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize Thursday 1st November 2012

File Photo and Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize
File Photo and Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize
File Photo and Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize

Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize Held At The Roundhouse - Press Room

Alt-J and Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize - Award winners, Alt J Thursday 1st November 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize held at the Roundhouse - Press Room

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Alt-j and Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize

Biffy Clyro To Be Named Best British Band


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Biffy Clyro are set to be named Royal Albert Hall Best British Band at the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards in July.

The Scottish trio, who were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize last year, revealed they are delighted to receive the prestigious award and follow in the footsteps of previous winners 'Take That', Elton John and Paul McCartney.

They said: "We follow in the footsteps of some great bands who've received this award and we couldn't be happier with this honour. Music has been a massive part of our lives - just like it is for all the people Nordoff Robbins help".

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The Klaxons Go Green

By on 06 May 2009

Lily Allen Mercury Music Prize

Nu-rave rockers THE KLAXONS have gone low-carbon for the recording of their new album.

The band are currently working on the fabled "difficult second album", but even though the creative process might be taking its toll, they still have one eye on the environment.

In order to lay down tracks for the as yet untitled release, the group headed to The Premises, the only solar-powered recording studio in the country.

The move forms parts of a wider We Support Solar campaign, which has been backed by 200 MPs, Greenpeace and Lily Allen.

In a statement, the Klaxons said: "We're proud to back the We Support Solar campaign. We use The Premises solar-powered recording studio and we know how important solar power is to the delivery of a low carbon UK."

The band took the decision to go green after their record company asked them to head back to the studio to have another bash at their second album.

According to reports their initial efforts met with disapproval as executives thought it was too psychedelic.

The We Support Solar campaign is aimed at creating more jobs as well as helping the environment in a time when green credentials are seen as increasingly important.

It is not the first time that the Klaxons, behind hits including MAGICK, have shown an interest in the slightly offbeat.

After winning the Mercury Music Prize the act revealed that they were considering donating the cash prize to research in telepathy or something similar.

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