Mercury prize

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Arlo Parks review – heart-rending and frustrating
The Mercury prize-winner showcases her tender, though musically bland debut album in a set that cries out for the full force of her nine-strong band

Kitty Empire

18, Sep, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Arlo Parks’ warm voice and diaristic lyrics rightly earn her the Mercury prize
In a strong field including career highs from Wolf Alice and Ghetts, the 21-year-old singer-songwriter prevailed with an album full of tangible lived experience

Alexis Petridis

10, Sep, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Mercury prize 2021: Arlo Parks wins for Collapsed in Sunbeams
21-year-old singer-songwriter adds to Brit award win earlier in the year

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

09, Sep, 2021 @9:13 PM

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TV tonight: who will win the 2021 Mercury prize?
Celeste, Sault, Arlo Parks, Mogwai and Wolf Alice are among the nominees. Plus: the National Television awards. Here’s what to watch this evening

Ammar Kalia, Hannah Verdier, Phil Harrison, Hannah J Davies and Paul Howlett

09, Sep, 2021 @5:20 AM

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Amy Winehouse to Radiohead: 10 albums that should have won the Mercury
With the annual music prize announced next week, a look back at the best nominated albums that lost out

Michael Cragg

03, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Mercury prize 2021: first-time nominees dominate shortlist
No 1 albums by Wolf Alice, Mogwai and Celeste are joined by leftfield artists such as Hannah Peel and Nubya Garcia in race for prestigious music award

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

22, Jul, 2021 @10:16 AM

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Non-British citizens now eligible for Brit awards and Mercury prize
Artists who have been permanently resident in the UK for five years will qualify for British categories

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

24, Feb, 2021 @7:57 PM

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Michael Kiwanuka's Mercury win is well deserved: his is a sincere, superb album
His victory was broadcast to the masses on The One Show — let’s hope this brilliant musician will be further embraced by the mainstream

Alexis Petridis

24, Sep, 2020 @7:38 PM

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Michael Kiwanuka wins 2020 Mercury prize
Folk-soul singer wins £25,000 prize on third attempt for the album Kiwanuka, described by the Guardian as one of the best albums of the past decade

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

24, Sep, 2020 @6:36 PM

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Mercury prize hopefuls Lanterns on the Lake: 'These things don’t happen to bands like us'
The Tyneside quintet all have day jobs and have often been overlooked but are now up for the UK’s most prestigious album award, writing for BT Sport, and might even get a tour bus

Dave Simpson

24, Sep, 2020 @6:00 AM

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British-Japanese pop star Rina Sawayama 'ineligible' for Mercury prize
‘The arts shouldn’t create their own border control’ says singer who has indefinite leave to remain but no UK passport

Laura Snapes

29, Jul, 2020 @1:23 PM

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Mercury prize 2020: Stormzy, Dua Lipa and Michael Kiwanuka among nominees
More female artists nominated than any other year, including a fourth nomination for Laura Marling

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

23, Jul, 2020 @10:30 AM

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