Mercury Prize

Der Mercury Prize (ehemals: Mercury Music Prize) ist eine jährlich vergebene Auszeichnung für das beste britische Musikalbum der vorangegangenen 12 Monate. Er wurde 1992 erstmals verliehen. Seinem Konzept nach gilt er als Gegenstück zu den von der Musikindustrie dominierten BRIT Awards. Der Name stammt vom ursprünglichen Sponsor, der nicht mehr existierenden Firma Mercury Communications.

Bis 2021 waren nur Künstler mit britischem Pass zugelassen. Eine Kampagne zu Gunsten der japanischstämmigen Sängerin Rina Sawayama änderte dieses. Seither muss der Künstler mindestens 5 Jahre in Großbritannien aktiv sein.[1]


Bisherige Nominierungen


Barry AdamsonSoul Murder; Jah WobbleRising Above Bedlam; The Jesus and Mary ChainHoney's Dead; Bheki MselekuCelebration; Saint EtienneFoxbase Alpha; Simply RedStars; U2Achtung Baby; John Tavener & Steven IsserlisThe Protecting Veil; Young Disciples – Road to Freedom


Apache IndianNo Reservations; The AuteursNew Wave; Gavin BryarsJesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet; Dina Carroll – So Close; PJ HarveyRid of Me; New OrderRepublic; Stereo MCsConnected; StingTen Summoner’s Tales; Stan TraceyPortraits Plus


BlurParklife; Ian McNabb – Head Like a Rock; Shara NelsonWhat Silence Knows; Michael NymanThe Piano Concerto/MGV; The ProdigyMusic for the Jilted Generation; PulpHis 'n' Hers; Take ThatEverything Changes; Therapy?Troublegum; Paul WellerWild Wood


Guy BarkerInto the Blue; ElasticaElastica; PJ HarveyTo Bring You My Love; LeftfieldLeftism; James MacMillanSeven Last Words from the Cross; Van MorrisonDays Like This; OasisDefinitely Maybe; SupergrassI Should Coco; TrickyMaxinquaye


Artists for War ChildHelp; Black Grape – It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah; Peter Maxwell Davies/BBC Philharmonic OrchestraThe Beltane Fire / Caroline Mathilde; Manic Street PreachersEverything Must Go; Mark MorrisonReturn of the Mack; Oasis(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?; Courtney PineModern Day Jazz Stories; UnderworldSecond Toughest in the Infants; Norma Waterson – Norma Waterson


The Chemical BrothersDig Your Own Hole; Beth OrtonTrailer Park; Primal ScreamVanishing Point; The ProdigyThe Fat of the Land; RadioheadOK Computer; Spice GirlsSpice; SuedeComing Up; John TavenerSvyati; Mark-Anthony TurnageYour Rockaby


4heroTwo Pages; Asian Dub FoundationRafi's Revenge; Eliza Carthy – Red Rice; CatatoniaInternational Velvet; CornershopWhen I Was Born for the 7th Time; Massive AttackMezzanine; PropellerheadsDecksandrumsandrockandroll; PulpThis Is Hardcore; John SurmanProverbs & Songs; The VerveUrban Hymns; Robbie WilliamsLife thru a Lens


Thomas AdèsAsyla; Denys BaptisteBe Where You Are; Black Star Liner – Bengali Bantam Youth Experience!; Blur13; The Chemical BrothersSurrender; FaithlessSunday 8PM; Manic Street PreachersThis Is My Truth Tell Me Yours; Beth OrtonCentral Reservation; Kate RusbySleepless; StereophonicsPerformance and Cocktails; UnderworldBeaucoup Fish


Richard AshcroftAlone with Everybody; ColdplayParachutes; MJ ColeSincere; Death in VegasThe Contino Sessions; The DelgadosThe Great Eastern; DovesLost Souls; Helicopter Girl – How to Steal the World; LeftfieldRhythm and Stealth; Nicholas MawViolin Concerto; Nitin SawhneyBeyond Skin; Kathryn Williams – Little Black Numbers


Basement JaxxRooty; ElbowAsleep in the Back; GoldfrappFelt Mountain; GorillazGorillaz (Die Nominierung wurde auf Wunsch der Band zurückgezogen.)[2]; Ed Harcourt – Here Be Monsters; Tom McRaeTom McRae; RadioheadAmnesiac; Susheela RamanSalt Rain; Super Furry AnimalsRings Around the World; Turin BrakesThe Optimist LP; Zero 7Simple Things


Guy BarkerSoundtrack; The Bees – Sunshine Hit Me; David BowieHeathen; The CoralThe Coral; DovesThe Last Broadcast; The Electric Soft Parade – Holes in the Wall; Gemma HayesNight on My Side; Beverley KnightWho I Am; Roots ManuvaRun Come Save Me; Joanna MacGregor – Play; The StreetsOriginal Pirate Material


AthleteVehicles & Animals; Eliza Carthy – Anglicana; ColdplayA Rush of Blood to the Head; The DarknessPermission to Land; Floetry – Floetic; Soweto KinchConversations with the Unseen; Lemon JellyLost Horizons; The ThrillsSo Much for the City; Martina Topley-BirdQuixotic; RadioheadHail to the Thief; Terri Walker – Untitled


Basement JaxxKish Kash; Belle & SebastianDear Catastrophe Waitress; JameliaThank You; KeaneHopes and Fears; Snow PatrolFinal Straw; Joss StoneThe Soul Sessions; The StreetsA Grand Don't Come for Free; TyUpwards; Amy WinehouseFrank; Robert WyattCuckooland; The ZutonsWho Killed...... The Zutons?


Bloc PartySilent Alarm; ColdplayX&Y; Hard-FiStars of CCTV; Kaiser ChiefsEmployment; KT TunstallEye to the Telescope; M.I.A.Arular; Maxïmo ParkA Certain Trigger; Polar Bear – Held on the Tips of Fingers; Seth LakemanKitty Jay; The Go! TeamThunder, Lightning, Strike; The Magic NumbersThe Magic Numbers


Isobel Campbell & Mark LaneganBallad of the Broken Seas; EditorsThe Back Room; GuillemotsThrough the Windowpane; Richard HawleyColes Corner; Hot ChipThe Warning; MuseBlack Holes and Revelations; Zoe RahmanMelting Pot; Lou RhodesBeloved One; Scritti PolittiWhite Bread Black Beer; SwayThis Is My Demo; Thom YorkeThe Eraser


Arctic MonkeysFavourite Worst Nightmare; Basquiat Strings mit Seb Rochford – Basquiat Strings; Bat for LashesFur and Gold; Dizzee RascalMaths + English; MapsWe Can Create; New Young Pony ClubFantastic Playroom; Fionn ReganThe End of History; Jamie TPanic Prevention; The ViewHats Off to the Buskers; Amy WinehouseBack to Black; Young KnivesVoices of Animals and Men


Adele19; British Sea PowerDo You Like Rock Music?; BurialUntrue; EstelleShine; The Last Shadow PuppetsThe Age of the Understatement; Laura MarlingAlas, I Cannot Swim; Neon Neon – Stainless Style; Robert Plant & Alison KraussRaising Sand; Portico QuartetKnee Deep in the North Sea; RadioheadIn Rainbows; Rachel Unthank and the Winterset – The Bairns


Bat for LashesTwo Suns; Florence + the MachineLungs; Friendly FiresFriendly Fires; GlasvegasGlasvegas; Lisa HanniganSea Sew; The HorrorsPrimary Colours; The InvisibleThe Invisible; KasabianWest Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum; La RouxLa Roux; Led BibSensible Shoes; Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Twice Born Men


Biffy ClyroOnly Revolutions; Corinne Bailey RaeThe Sea; Dizzee RascalTongue n' Cheek; FoalsTotal Life Forever; I Am KlootSky at Night; Kit Downes Trio – Golden; Laura MarlingI Speak Because I Can; Mumford & SonsSigh No More; Paul WellerWake Up the Nation; VillagersBecoming a Jackal; Wild BeastsTwo Dancers


Adele21; Anna CalviAnna Calvi; ElbowBuild a Rocket Boys!; Everything EverythingMan Alive; Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam; Gwilym SimcockGood Days at Schloss Elmau; James BlakeJames Blake; Katy BOn a Mission; King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine; MetronomyThe English Riviera; Tinie TempahDisc-Overy


Ben HowardEvery Kingdom; Django DjangoDjango Django; Field MusicPlumb; Richard HawleyStanding at the Sky's Edge; Michael KiwanukaHome Again; Lianne La HavasIs Your Love Big Enough?; Sam Lee – Ground of its Own; The MaccabeesGiven to the Wild; Plan Bill Manors; Roller Trio – Roller Trio; Jessie WareDevotion


Arctic MonkeysAM; David BowieThe Next Day; DisclosureSettle; FoalsHoly Fire; Jake BuggJake Bugg; Jon Hopkins – Immunity; Laura MarlingOnce I Was an Eagle; Laura MvulaSing to the Moon; RudimentalHome; SavagesSilence Yourself; Villagers{Awayland}


Anna CalviOne Breath; Bombay Bicycle ClubSo Long, See You Tomorrow; Damon AlbarnEveryday Robots; East India Youth – Total Strife Forever; FKA TwigsLP1; GoGo Penguinv2.0; Jungle – Jungle; Kate TempestEverybody Down; Nick MulveyFirst Mind; Polar Bear – In Each and Every One; Royal BloodRoyal Blood


Aphex TwinSyro; Gaz Coombes – Matador; C Duncan – Architect; EskaEska; Florence + the MachineHow Big How Blue How Beautiful; Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin; Jamie xxIn Colour; Róisín MurphyHairless Toys; SlavesAre You Satisfied?; SoakBefore We Forgot How to Dream; Wolf AliceMy Love Is Cool


AnohniHopelessness; Bat for LashesThe Bride; David BowieBlackstar; Jamie WoonMaking Time; KanoMade in the Manor; Laura MvulaThe Dreaming Room; Michael KiwanukaLove & Hate; RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool; SavagesAdore Life; The 1975I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It; The Comet Is ComingChannel the Spirits


Alt-JRelaxer; BlossomsBlossoms; Dinosaur – Together, As One; Ed Sheeran÷; Glass AnimalsHow to Be a Human Being; J HusCommon Sense; Kate TempestLet Them Eat Chaos; Loyle CarnerYesterday's Gone; StormzyGang Signs & Prayer; The Big Moon – Love in the 4th Dimension; The xxI See You


Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & Casino; Everything EverythingA Fever Dream; Everything Is Recorded – Everything Is Recorded; Florence + the MachineHigh as Hope; Jorja SmithLost & Found; King KruleThe Ooz; Lily AllenNo Shame; Nadine ShahHoliday Destination; Noel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsWho Built the Moon?; Novelist – Novelist Guy; Sons of KemetYour Queen Is a Reptile


Anna CalviHunter; Black Midi – Schlagenheim; Cate Le BonReward; FoalsEverything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1; Fontaines D. C.Dogrel; IDLESJoy as an Act of Resistance; Little SimzGrey Area; NAOSaturn; SEED Ensemble – Driftglass; slowthaiNothing Great About Britain; The 1975A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships


Anna Meredith – Fibs; Charli XCXHow I'm Feeling Now; Dua LipaFuture Nostalgia; GeorgiaSeeking Thrills; KanoHoodies All Summer; Lanterns on the Lake – Spook the Herd; Laura MarlingSong for Our Daughter; Moses BoydDark Matter; Porridge Radio – Every Bad; Sports Team – Deep Down Happy; StormzyHeavy Is the Head


Berwyn – Demotape/Vega; Black Country, New RoadFor the First Time; CelesteNot Your Muse; Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony OrchestraPromises; GhettsConflict of Interest; Hannah Peel – Fir Wave; Laura MvulaPink Noise; MogwaiAs the Love Continues; Nubya GarciaSource; SaultUntitled (Rise); Wolf AliceBlue Weekend


Fergus McCreadieForest Floor; Gwenno – Tresor; Harry StylesHarry's House; Jessie Buckley & Bernard ButlerFor All Our Days That Tear the Heart; Joy CrookesSkin; Kojey Radical – Reason to Smile; Nova TwinsSupernova; Sam FenderSeventeen Going Under; Self EsteemPrioritise Pleasure; Wet LegWet Leg; Yard Act – The Overload


Arctic MonkeysThe Car; Fred AgainActual Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022); J HusBeautiful and Brutal Yard; Jessie WareThat! Feels Good!; JockstrapI Love You Jennifer B; LankumFalse Lankum; Loyle CarnerHugo; Olivia DeanMessy; RayeMy 21st Century Blues; ShygirlNymph; Young FathersHeavy Heavy


Commons: Mercury Prize – Sammlung von Bildern, Videos und Audiodateien


  1. Brit Awards change rules thanks to pop star Rina Sawayama
  2. Ian Youngs: Mercury Prize's guessing game, BBC News, 30. Juli 2002. Abgerufen am 10. Juni 2009.