Four London artists are in the running for the prestigious Mercury Prize because the ceremony is postponed.
The 2022 Mercury Prize ceremony was postponed to the 11th hour last night out of respect for the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Guests were notified of the cancellation moments before the start of the event, which was held on September 8, 2022 at the O2 Hammersmith Apollo.
“In light of the sad news of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, we are sorry to announce that we will not be proceeding with tonight’s event as planned,” the awards ceremony said. posted on their site.
“Mercury Prize will communicate with guests and members of the public over the next few days. We thank you for your understanding during this difficult and sad time.
Considered “the musical equivalent of the Booker Prize for literature and the Turner Prize for art”, the Mercury Prize has become a springboard for artists to gain more mainstream attention, whether through album nomination or outright winning the award.
Indeed, it was Dizee Rascal winner for his album Boy In Da Corner which helped propel the musician from bubbling grime artist under the UK to a household name, as he did in 2005 with Anthony and the Johnsons win for I’m a Bird Now.
What is the Prix Mercure?
Creating a shortlist of twelve albums across the UK and Ireland, the Mercury Prize strives to recognize “artistic achievement in a range of contemporary musical genres”, as there are no categories dividing musical genres.
All 12 artists receive a specially commissioned ‘Album of the Year’ trophy, with the overall winner also receiving a winning trophy and £25,000 cash prize.
An independent jury selects the shortlist and listens to the albums that have been entered for several months. They then meet to decide on the 12 ‘Albums of the Year’.
Judges’ decisions are based solely on the quality of the albums’ music rather than album sales or chart positions.
Who are the London artists nominated for the Mercury Prize 2022?
lambeth born Joy Crookes became interested in music after attending a jazz and blues workshop at age 13 and took to YouTube to play Laura Marling covers and various reggae tracks. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, his breakthrough came with a download of Hit The Road Jack by Ray Charles, which amassed over 600,000 views – one of which being his current manager.
His nominated album, Skin, was released in 2021 and reached number five on the UK Album Charts, earning wide recognition for his “rich and varied” work – Clash journalist Hannah Browne described Skin as “a frank and moving exploration identity” and that Crookes was the new face of British Soul.
Hoxton grime artist Kojey Radical aka Kwadwo Amponsah is no stranger to awards shortlists, earning three MOBO Award nominations. Radical is no stranger to the Mercury Prize either, having cut his teeth early in his career touring with 2014 winners Young Fathers.
Her nominated album, Reasons To Smile, was released earlier this year (March 2022) after a string of well-received extended plays and ranked 1 in the UK R&B Albums Chart, while peaking at 11 in the UK Album Charts.
Alongside his music, Radical has a long-standing relationship with sportswear brand Adidas, which culminated in a short film about mental health and depression alongside director Max Luz and international fashion platform SSense.
Islington Rapper Little Simz aka Simbi Ajikawo, the addition to the 2022 shortlist marks the second time the artist has been nominated for the Mercury Prize; in 2019, his album Gray Area was nominated for the award and ended up winning Best Album at the Ivor Novello Awards and NME Awards.
Winner of the BRIT award earlier this year for Best New Artists, her nominated album Sometimes I Might Be Introverted was also nominated for the BRIT for Best British Album of the Year and won the Libera Award for Best Hip-Hop Record/ rap – an award given by the American Association of Independents.
Georgia South and Amy Love form the alternative rock duo Nova Twinswhose music has sometimes been compared to the nu metal scene, as they combine grime and punk music with an emphasis on heavy bass. PRS for music called them “an amalgamation of raw punk energy, illegal rave electronics and unapologetically grimy attitude.”
The group won Best British Breakthrough Band at the 2020 Heavy Music Awards, and their second effort, Supernova, landed at No. 1 on the UK Rock & Metal Albums Chart, No. 2 on the UK Independent Albums Chart. and in 27th place. Official UK Albums Chart.
The full list of nominees for the 2022 Mercury Awards:
- Fergus McCreadie: “Forest Floor”
- Gwenno: ‘Treasure’
- Harry Styles: “Harry’s House”
- Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler: ‘For All Our Heartbreaking Days’
- Joy Crookes: “Skin”
- Kojey Radical: “Reason to smile”
- Little Simz: “Sometimes I can be introverted”
- Nova Twins: ‘Supernova’
- Sam Fender: ‘Seventeen Going Under’
- Self-esteem: “Priority to pleasure”
- Wet leg: ‘Wet leg’
- Yard Act: “Overload”
When will the 2022 Mercury Award winner be announced?
The Mercury Prize 2022 was postponed out of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. No official announcement has been made as to the date of the ceremony at this point.
Tickets for this year’s ceremony are sold out.
Where can I watch the Mercury Award 2022?
Due to the cancellation of the 2022 ceremony, a new air date will be announced shortly after the new ceremony date is confirmed.
Who has already won the Mercury Award?
- 2021: Arlo Parks – Crumbles in the sun’s rays
- 2020: Michael Kiwanuka – KIWANUKA
- 2019: Dave – Psychodrama
- 2018: Wolf Alice – Visions of a Lifetime
- 2017: Sampha – Process
- 2016: Skepta – Konnichiwa
- 2015: Benjamin Clémentine – At least for now
- 2014: Young Fathers – Deaths
- 2013: James Blake – Overgrown
- 2012: Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
- 2011: PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
- 2010: The xx-xx
- 2009: Speech therapy Debelle – Speech therapy
- 2008: Elbow – The Rarely Seen Child
- 2007: Klaxons – Myths of the near future
- 2006: Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I Am Not
- 2005: Antony and the Johnsons – I’m a Bird Now
- 2004: Francois-Ferdinand – Francois-Ferdinand
- 2003: Dizzee Rascal – Boy in Da Corner
- 2002: Mrs. Dynamite – A Little Deeper
- 2001: PJ Harvey – Town Stories, Sea Stories
- 2000: Badly Drawn Boy – Abyssinia Hour
- 1999: Talvin Singh – Alright
- 1998: Gomez – Bring It On
- 1997: Roni Size/Reprazent – New Shapes
- 1996: Pulp – Different Class
- 1995: Portishead – Model
- 1994: M People – Stylish Slum
- 1993: Suede – Suede
- 1992: Primal Scream – Screamadelica