Wolf Alice, Dave and Michael Kiwanuka are the last three winners of the Mercury Prize, a prestigious prize which rewards each year the best British and / or Irish album of the year. There is less to know who will take it in 2021.
Although the Grammy Awards and Brit Awards are the most coveted by international music stars, the Mercury Prize is very special because it recognizes an album, the whole work as a whole and not just a song.
PJ Harvey is the only artist to have two awards to her credit, although this year Wolf Alice can join her if her wonderful Blue weekend (sorry, I’m not objective at all) manages to win favor with the panel the winner chooses.
Here you will find all the information you need to know not to miss the next Mercury Awards ceremony, where the performances of the nominees and the winner will not be missing.
When and where will the Mercury Prize 2021 take place
We already have a date for the next Mercury Prize celebration: the next one Thursday, September 9, 2021 at the Eventim Apollo in London, although the organization recognizes that this could change depending on COVID restrictions.
The start time of the gala has not been officially announced, but we believe it will be again at 10 p.m. local time like last year. If so, in Europe it would be an hour later: 11:00 p.m. (Peninsular time, of course).
Which artists and albums are nominated for the Mercury Prize 2021?
The artists or albums nominated for this year’s Mercury Prize have yet to be announced. In fact, we will have to wait until July 22, when the list of finalists will be formalized.
Like we said before, Blue weekend Wolf Alice’s album, one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2021, could be one of the nominees. If so, the London band would get their third nomination (one for each album).
The other favorites are collapsed in the rays of the sun parks in Arlo, Tyron from Slowthai, As the love continues the Mogwai, Inner song by Kelly Lee Owens, Roisin Machine by Roísín Murphy, Pretend flowers by Beabadoobee, NOTnight network by nurseries and Typhoons of royal blood.
How to see the Mercury Prize 2021 outside the UK
The Mercury Prize 2021 is a UK prize that recognizes the UK music industry, so it’s relatively easy to watch the gala delivery from the UK. In this sense, the ceremony should be rebroadcast by the BBC.
Concretely, in 2020, the event could be followed by the BBC iPlayer, the service in Diffusion of the British channel. But to have access to this content, it is necessary to be physically in the country or to use a VPN to make believe that it is so.
You can check out our pick of the best VPNs for more options, but our recommendation is to go with a service with years of experience like NordVPN or ExpressVPN (or Windscribe if you want a free option).
Whatever your use, you will need to connect to a server located in the UK. Then you will be able to browse the internet and the BBC iPlayer website or app as if you were there.
If it goes like 2020, it is also possible that the Mercury Prize 2021 ceremony could be followed directly by the BBC Music YouTube channel. In principle, the program should be available internationally.