Mercury prize

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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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Mercury prize 2020: where are the albums dragged from the fringes?
Yes, it boasts more women, but this year’s list of nominees doesn’t offer much in the way of surprises

Alexis Petridis

23, Jul, 2020 @10:30 AM

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The best albums of 2019, No 2: Dave – Psychodrama
Using his own mental health as a starting point, this Mercury prize-winning debut album was a timely dose of reality marking a new direction in British rap

Lanre Bakare

19, Dec, 2019 @6:00 AM

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From Dave's deserved win to anti-Boris chants, this was a classic Mercury prize
Dave was a worthy winner on a night stuffed with bold, chaotic performances and challenging music born of a vital, thrilling scene

Alexis Petridis

19, Sep, 2019 @10:30 PM

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Mercury prize 2019: Dave wins for Psychodrama, plus all the action as it happened
Streatham MC beats Idles and Slowthai for the most prestigious award in British music – follow our coverage here

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

19, Sep, 2019 @9:43 PM

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Mercury prize 2019: rapper Dave wins for 'exceptional' Psychodrama
The south London artist wins the £25,000 prize for an album the Guardian hailed as ‘fearless and incisive’

Laura Snapes

19, Sep, 2019 @9:22 PM

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'Most political in years': critics hail Mercury prize's return to protest music
Artists including Little Simz and slowthai tackle climate crisis, austerity and racism

Lanre Bakare Arts and culture correspondent

18, Sep, 2019 @1:00 PM

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