FEATURE: The Mercury Prize: 25 and Still Surprising



The Mercury Prize:


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25 and Still Surprising


WHETHER you consider it an irrelevant award or a…

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vital part of the music catalogue: you cannot deny how important the Mercury Prize is to the artists nominated. Whilst some winners have faded into obscurity (Talvin Singh anyone?) bands like Elbow, Primal Scream and Suede are still together and recording years after they won the prize. There has been a lot of interest and attention paid to this year’s nominations considering David Bowie’s untimely death – he is the odds-on favourite to win in many people’s hearts. While I favour Radiohead for the prize but feel a win for Kano would be a great decision – there is no telling who will actually win on the night. To be fair, the Mercury Prize is not a curse for artists and can increase record sales and confident for those who claim the award – even those nominated see their music reach new audiences and their careers grow. It is brilliant to see the range of artists and albums nominated this year: from the gritty Rap/Grime of Skepta to the cosmic weirdness of The Comet Is Coming. In anticipation of this year’s event: I look back at all the winners so far – selecting the best track from each album.



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1992: Primal ScreamScreamadelica



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1993: SuedeSuede



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1994: M PeopleElegant Slumming



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1995: PortisheadDummy



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1996: PulpDifferent Class



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1997: Roni Size/ReprazentNew Forms



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1998: GomezBring It On



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1999: Talvin SinghOk



Image result for badly drawn boy hour of the bewilderbeast

2000: Badly Drawn BeastThe Hour of Bewilderbeast



Image result for pj harvey stories from the city

2001: PJ HarveyStories from the City, Stories from the Sea



Image result for ms dynamite a little deeper

2002: Ms. DynamiteA Little Deeper



Image result for dizzee rascal boy in the corner

2003: Dizzee RascalBoy in da Corner



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2004: Franz FerdinandFranz Ferdinand



Image result for antony and the johnsons i am a bird now

2005: Antony and the JohnsonsI Am a Bird Now



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2006: Arctic MonkeysWhatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not



Image result for klaxons myths of the near future

2007: KlaxonsMyths of the Near Future



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2008: ElbowThe Seldom Seen Kid



Image result for Speech Debelle – Speech Therapy

2009: Speech DebelleSpeech Therapy



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2010: The xx xx



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2011: PJ Harvey Let England Shake



Image result for alt j an awesome wave

2012: Alt-JAn Awesome Wave



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2013: James BlakeOvergrown



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2014: Young FathersDead



Image result for benjamin clementine at least for now

2015: Benjamin ClementineAt Least for Now



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2016: The Five in the Running…


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Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool



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Kano Made in the Manor



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Bat for Lashes – The Bride



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Anohni Hopelessness



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David Bowie Blackstar



In four days, we will find out who walks away with this year’s Mercury Prize. While there are definite frontrunners and favourites: Past years have shown you cannot easily predict who will win. The past two years have seen under-the-radar artists emerge victorious – those who defied the odds and claimed the top prize. In 1994, few would have guessed M People would have won the prize – considering The Prodigy and Blur were both nominated following career-best album releases. Who knows but many bookies are favouring David Bowie to win – it would be very shocking were anyone else to scoop the Mercury. With regards this year’s forthcoming ceremony…

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WHO knows what will happen.


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