Diverse List of Mercury Prize Nominees Revealed

For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.


mojo-photo-mercuryprizelogo.jpgHey, at least it’s slightly more diverse than usual. You’ve got the pop-R&B of Estelle, the vintage rock of Robert Plant, the abstract dubstep of Burial and the modern jazz of Portico Quartet; throw in a little Radiohead, and that sounds to me like the list of the annual Mercury Prize nominees, an award given out to the best British or Irish album of the last 12 months. One of the judges called this a “remarkably rich year for British music,” and while he may say that to all the years, it does seem like a pretty good list. Indeed, a spokesman for bookie William Hill (who puts odds on the nominees each year) said this year’s odds are the “closest ever”: Radiohead are first at 4/1 odds, The Last Shadow Puppets are next at 5/1, with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Elbow and Burial tied at 6/1. Of course, just like the Emmys, some great work must get inexplicably overlooked: both Portishead and M.I.A. are conspicuously absent, although Portishead won for Dummy in 1995. The full list of nominees, William Hill’s odds, and a video each, after the jump.

Radiohead – In Rainbows (4/1)
“All I Need” “House of Cards”

The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age of the Understatement (5/1)
“The Age of the Understatement”

Burial – Untrue (6/1)
“Archangel” (Audio Only)

Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid (6/1)
“Grounds for Divorce”

Robert Plant And Alison Krauss – Raising Sand (6/1)
“Please Read the Letter”

Adele – 19 (8/1)
“Chasing Pavements”

British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music? (8/1)
“Waving Flags”

Estelle – Shine (8/1)
“American Boy”

Laura Marling – Alas I Cannot Swim (8/1)
“New Romantic”

Neon Neon – Stainless Style (10/1)
“I Lust You”

Portico Quartet – Knee-Deep In The North Sea (10/1)
Live in Paris:

Rachel Unthank And The Winterset – The Bairns (10/1)
Live in London:

DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

Headshot of Editor in Chief of Mother Jones, Clara Jeffery

It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Thanks for reading—whether or not you can pitch in today, or ever, I'm glad you're with us.

Signed by Clara Jeffery

Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest