Formerly known as The Mercury Music Prize, it’s fair to say that the Mercury Prize is easily the most respected prize in the music industry.

The prize is specifically focused on the best albums released by British and Irish Artists. One thing is for sure, some of the finest albums ever produced have made it to the Mercury Music Prize shortlist.

The Mercury Prize has surprisingly been around for nearly thirty years. I know that makes you feel old hey. But on a serious note, the great thing about the Mercury Prize is that it has introduced us to some remarkable acts.

Generally, if an album makes it to the shortlist, it’s probably worth buying it. For that reason, every artist or band that is shortlisted will see sales of that album go through the roof. This is because the shortlist is chosen by an independent panel of musicians, who are looking for the most innovative sound across all genres.

Mercury Prize Winners

2021 Arlo Parks Collapsed in Sunbeams Winner
2020 Michael Kiwanuka KIWANUKA Winner
2019 Dave Psychodrama Winner
2018 Wolf Alice A Vision of Life Winner
2017 Sampha Process Winner
2016 Skepta Konnichiwa Winner
2015 Benjamin Clementine At Least For Now Winner
2014 Young Fathers Dead Winner
2013 James Blake Overgrown Winner
2012 Alt-J An Awesome Wave Winner
2011 PJ Harvey Let England Shake Winner
2010 The xx xx Winner
2009 Speech Debelle Speech Therapy Winner
2008 Elbow The Seldom Seen Kid Winner
2007 Klaxons Myths of the Near Future Winner
2006 Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not Winner
2005 Antony and the Johnsons I Am a Bird Now Winner
2004 Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand Winner
2003 Dizzee Rascal Boy in Da Corner Winner
2002 Ms. Dynamite A Little Deeper Winner
2001 PJ Harvey Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea Winner
2000 Badly Drawn Boy The Hour of Bewilderbeast Winner
1999 Talvin Singh OK Winner
1998  Gomez Bring It On Winner
1997  Roni Size/Reprazent New Forms Winner
1996  Pulp Different Class Winner

The Mercury Prize Shortlist 2021

The impressive thing about this year’s Mercury Prize shortlist, released on 22/07/2021, is that it covers a huge range of musical tastes. From the beautiful melodic voice of Celeste to the veteran grime rapper Ghetts, there is something for everybody.

In all, there are 12 nominees on the shortlist. They are:

Arlo Parks
Arlo Parks is a British singer-songwriter and poet. Her debut studio album, Collapsed in Sunbeams, was released in 2021 to critical acclaim and peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart.

Berwyn
Born in Trinidad, Berwyn Dubois moved to Romford, east London at the age of nine. He attended the Royal Liberty School, where he was inspired by his music teacher however, due to his uncertain immigration status, Berwyn was unable to go to university despite earning adequate grades and also struggled to find work. Berwyn used this to pursue a career in music.

He has been nominated for his debut mixtape Demotape/Vega.

Black Country, New Road
Black Country, New Road is an English rock band formed in London in 2018The band is made up of Isaac Wood, Tyler Hyde, Lewis Evans, Georgia Ellery, May Kershaw, Charlie Wayne and Luke Mark .

Their sound has been described as experimental rock and they released their debut album For the First Time in February 2021.

Celeste
With one of the most beautiful voices in music today, Celeste is an American-British singer and songwriter. In 2019, she won the Rising Star Award at the Brit Awards.

Her debut album Not Your Muse, for which she has received this nomination, was released in 2021 and debuted at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart.

In what has been an incredible year for the singer, she was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Hear My Voice” from the film The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020).

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra
Promises is a 2021 collaborative studio album by British electronic musician Sam Shepherd and the London Symphony Orchestra. Shepherd is better known by his moniker Floating Points; American jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders.

The album was released on 26 March 2021 under Luaka Bop.

Ghetts
Justin Clarke, better known by his stage name Ghetts is a British grime MC, rapper and songwriter from London. With Caribbean roots from Jamaica and Grenada, his music has been played on national radio stations such as BBC Radio 1.

His nomination is for his album Conflict of Interest.

Hannah Peel
This is the first nomination for Hannah Peel for her album Fir Wave. The Northern Irish artist is also a music producer and Emmy-nominated composer.

Her solo music is primarily electronic, synthesiser-based and often includes classical scoring and sound design, with references to the links between science, nature and music.

Laura Mvula
Laura Mvula is a classically trained British recording artist, songwriter and composer. hailing from Birmingham, Mvula has gained experience as a young member or leader of a cappella, jazz/neo-soul, and gospel groups and choirs.

Her Mercury Prize nomination is for her album Pink Noise.

Other Nominees
On top of these guys, we have the first Solo album from nominations for Mogwai – As the Love Continues, Nubya Garcia – Source, Sault – Rise and Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend.

In all, 10 of the 12 artists have albums nominated for the first time. All of the shortlisted artists receive a specially commissioned ‘Album of the Year’ trophy, with the overall winner also receiving a winner trophy and a cash prize of £25,000.

So, who’s going to win? Well, the lucky winner will be announced at the Mercury Prize Awards on September 9th, 2021.

To be honest, though, the Mercury is known for the occasional surprise and it could be anybody’s game despite the odds.

The 2021 Mercury Prize Odds

Paddy Power Odds applicable as of 06/09/2021 – MERCURY PRIZE 2021

Sault

Rise

13/8

Arlo Parks

Collapsed In Sunbeams

4/1

Laura Mvula

Pink Noise

4/1

Black Country, New Road

For The First Time

11/2

Ghetts

Conflict of Interest

7/1

Celeste

Not Your Muse

9/1

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra

Promises

9/1

Wolf Alice

Blue Weekend

10/1

Nubya Garcia

Source

10/1

Mogwai

As The Love Continues

16/1

Berwyn

Demotape/Vega

18/1

Hannah Peel

Hannah Peel

20/1

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