The music industry’s most random and unpredictable awards – Hyundai Mercury Album of the Year Prize – culminates with a live show and announcement on Thursday 19 September at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.
While we’re not convinced by the merits of pitting one work of music against another in a competition it’s a great way of encouraging people to talk about music, albums and the artists that produced them.
Although no doubt welcomed, the eventual winner is not that important. Being on the shortlist can make a huge difference to some of the less well known artists.
Here is the shortlist for the 2019 Hyundai Mercury Album of the Year Prize:
Anna Calvi ‘Hunter’
Black Midi ‘Schlagenheim’
Cate Le Bon ‘Reward’
Foals ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1’
Fontaines D.C. ‘Dogrel’
IDLES ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’
Little Simz ‘Grey Area’
SEED Ensemble ‘Driftglass’
slowthai ‘Nothing Great About Britain’
The 1975 ‘A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships’
The Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ celebrate and promote the best of British and Irish music recognising artistic achievement across a range of contemporary music genres. The shortlist was chosen by an independent judging panel.
The 2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize judges are: Annie Mac – Broadcaster & DJ; Clara Amfo – Broadcaster & DJ; Danielle Perry – Broadcaster & Writer; Gaz Coombes – Musician & Songwriter; Jamie Cullum – Musician & Broadcaster; Jeff Smith – Head of Music, 6 Music & Radio 2; Jorja Smith – Musician & Songwriter; Mike Walsh – Head of Music, Radio X; Phil Alexander – Creative Director, Kerrang!/Contributing Editor, Mojo; Stormzy – Musician & Songwriter; Tshepo Mokoena – Editorial Director, VICE.com; Will Hodgkinson – Chief Rock & Pop Critic, The Times. The Chair of the judging panel is Jeff Smith.
Follow the decision making here: https://www.mercuryprize.com/by