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Barclaycard Mercury Prize
Awarded for Best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland
Presented by Barclaycard
Location United Kingdom
First awarded 1992

The Mercury Prize, called the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for sponsorship reasons, is a yearly music prize. It is awarded for the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was formed by the British Phonographic Industry and British Association of Record Dealers in 1992. It was an alternative to the Brit Awards. It used to be called the Mercury Music Prize.

The prize was first sponsored by Mercury Communications. It was later sponsored by Technics, from 1998 to 2001. Then Panasonic, in 2002 and 2003, and the Nationwide Building Society, from 2004 to 2008. Barclaycard became the Prize's current sponsor in March 2009.

Nominations are announced in July. Presentation of the award usually takes place in September.

Winners and shortlisted nominees

Primal Scream at Summercase 2008
Inaugural winners Primal Scream
Suede in Thailand new
Suede won in 1993.
Heather Small Southport
Heather Small of M People, winners in 1994
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Portishead, winners in 1995
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Gomez, winners in 1998
Badly Drawn Boy Live at l'Elysée Montmartre
2000 winner Badly Drawn Boy
PJ Harvey
PJ Harvey, winner in 2001 and 2011, the only artist to win the award twice
Dizzee Rascal in Barcelona 2
2003 winner Dizzee Rascal
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Franz Ferdinand, winners in 2004
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2005 winner, Antony and the Johnsons
Arctic Monkeys
The Arctic Monkeys won in 2006.
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2007 winners, Klaxons
Guy Garvey and Elbow
2008 winners Elbow
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2009 winner Speech Debelle
The xx live at La Casa 139
2010 winners The xx
Alt-J Fall Tour 2015 live in Charlotte
2012 winners Alt-J
James Blake 2012
2013 winner James Blake
Young Fathers concert Portland
2014 winners Young Fathers
Benjamin Clementine Sitting
2015 winner Benjamin Clementine
Skepta photo
2016 winner Skepta
Year Winner Shortlisted nominees Ref(s)
1992 Primal Scream – Screamadelica
  • Barry Adamson – Soul Murder
  • Jah WobbleRising Above Bedlam
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain – Honey's Dead
  • Bheki Mseleku – Celebration
  • Saint Etienne – Foxbase Alpha
  • Simply Red – Stars
  • U2Achtung Baby
  • John Tavener & Steven Isserlis –The Protecting Veil
  • Young Disciples – Road to Freedom
1993 Suede – Suede
  • Apache Indian – No Reservations
  • The Auteurs – New Wave
  • Gavin Bryars – Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet
  • Dina CarrollSo Close
  • PJ HarveyRid of Me
  • New Order – Republic
  • Stereo MCsConnected
  • StingTen Summoner's Tales
  • Stan TraceyPortraits Plus
1994 M People – Elegant Slumming
  • Blur – Parklife
  • Ian McNabb – Head Like a Rock
  • Shara NelsonWhat Silence Knows
  • Michael Nyman – The Piano Concerto/MGV
  • The ProdigyMusic for the Jilted Generation
  • Pulp – His 'n' Hers
  • Take ThatEverything Changes
  • Therapy? – Troublegum
  • Paul Weller – Wild Wood
1995 Portishead – Dummy
  • Guy Barker – Into the Blue
  • Elastica – Elastica
  • PJ HarveyTo Bring You My Love
  • Leftfield – Leftism
  • James MacMillan – Seven Last Words from the Cross
  • Van MorrisonDays Like This
  • OasisDefinitely Maybe
  • Supergrass – I Should Coco
  • TrickyMaxinquaye
1996 Pulp – Different Class
  • Artists for War Child – Help
  • Black Grape – It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah
  • Peter Maxwell Davies/BBC Philharmonic – The Beltane Fire / Caroline Mathilde
  • Manic Street PreachersEverything Must Go
  • Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack
  • Oasis(What's the Story) Morning Glory?
  • Courtney Pine – Modern Day Jazz Stories
  • Underworld – Second Toughest in the Infants
  • Norma Waterson – Norma Waterson
1997 Roni Size/Reprazent – New Forms
1998 Gomez – Bring It On
  • 4hero – Two Pages
  • Asian Dub Foundation – Rafi's Revenge
  • Eliza Carthy – Red Rice
  • Catatonia – International Velvet
  • Cornershop – When I Was Born for the 7th Time
  • Massive AttackMezzanine
  • Propellerheads – Decksandrumsandrockandroll
  • Pulp – This Is Hardcore
  • John Surman – Proverbs & Songs
  • The Verve – Urban Hymns
  • Robbie WilliamsLife thru a Lens
1999 Talvin Singh – Ok
  • Thomas Adès – Asyla
  • Denys Baptiste – Be Where You Are
  • Black Star Liner – Bengali Bantam Youth Experience!
  • Blur – 13
  • The Chemical BrothersSurrender
  • Faithless – Sunday 8PM
  • Manic Street PreachersThis Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
  • Beth Orton – Central Reservation
  • Kate Rusby – Sleepless
  • Stereophonics – Performance and Cocktails
  • Underworld – Beaucoup Fish
2000 Badly Drawn Boy – The Hour of Bewilderbeast
  • Richard Ashcroft – Alone with Everybody
  • ColdplayParachutes
  • M. J. ColeSincere
  • Death in Vegas – The Contino Sessions
  • The Delgados – The Great Eastern
  • Doves – Lost Souls
  • Helicopter Girl – How to Steal the World
  • Leftfield – Rhythm and Stealth
  • Nicholas Maw – Violin Concerto
  • Nitin Sawhney – Beyond Skin
  • Kathryn Williams – Little Black Numbers
2001 PJ HarveyStories from the City, Stories from the Sea
  • Basement Jaxx – Rooty
  • Elbow – Asleep in the Back
  • GoldfrappFelt Mountain
  • Gorillaz – Gorillaz (nomination withdrawn at the request of the band)
  • Ed Harcourt – Here Be Monsters
  • Tom McRae – Tom McRae
  • RadioheadAmnesiac
  • Susheela Raman – Salt Rain
  • Super Furry Animals – Rings Around the World
  • Turin Brakes – The Optimist LP
  • Zero 7 – Simple Things
2002 Ms. Dynamite – A Little Deeper
  • Guy Barker – Soundtrack
  • The Bees – Sunshine Hit Me
  • David BowieHeathen
  • The Coral – The Coral
  • Doves – The Last Broadcast
  • The Electric Soft Parade – Holes in the Wall
  • Gemma Hayes – Night on My Side
  • Beverley Knight – Who I Am
  • Roots Manuva – Run Come Save Me
  • Joanna MacGregor – Play
  • The StreetsOriginal Pirate Material
2003 Dizzee Rascal – Boy in da Corner
  • AthleteVehicles and Animals
  • Eliza Carthy – Anglicana
  • ColdplayA Rush of Blood to the Head
  • The Darkness – Permission to Land
  • Floetry – Floetic
  • Soweto Kinch – Conversations with the Unseen
  • Lemon Jelly – Lost Horizons
  • The Thrills – So Much for the City
  • Martina Topley-Bird – Quixotic
  • RadioheadHail to the Thief
  • Terri Walker – Untitled
2004 Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
  • Basement Jaxx – Kish Kash
  • Belle & Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress
  • JameliaThank You
  • KeaneHopes and Fears
  • Snow PatrolFinal Straw
  • Joss StoneThe Soul Sessions
  • The StreetsA Grand Don't Come for Free
  • Ty – Upwards
  • Amy WinehouseFrank
  • Robert Wyatt – Cuckooland
  • The Zutons – Who Killed...... The Zutons?
2005 Antony and the Johnsons – I Am a Bird Now
  • Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
  • ColdplayX&Y
  • Hard-FiStars of CCTV
  • Kaiser ChiefsEmployment
  • KT TunstallEye to the Telescope
  • M.I.A. – Arular
  • Maxïmo ParkA Certain Trigger
  • Polar Bear – Held on the Tips of Fingers
  • Seth Lakeman – Kitty Jay
  • The Go! Team – Thunder, Lightning, Strike
  • The Magic Numbers – The Magic Numbers
2006 Arctic MonkeysWhatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
  • Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan – Ballad of the Broken Seas
  • Editors – The Back Room
  • Guillemots – Through the Windowpane
  • Richard Hawley – Coles Corner
  • Hot Chip – The Warning
  • Muse – Black Holes & Revelations
  • Zoe Rahman – Melting Pot
  • Lou Rhodes – Beloved One
  • Scritti Politti – White Bread Black Beer
  • Sway – This Is My Demo
  • Thom YorkeThe Eraser
2007 KlaxonsMyths of the Near Future
  • Arctic MonkeysFavourite Worst Nightmare
  • Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford – Basquiat Strings
  • Bat for Lashes – Fur and Gold
  • Dizzee Rascal – Maths + English
  • Maps – We Can Create
  • New Young Pony Club – Fantastic Playroom
  • Fionn Regan – The End of History
  • Jamie T – Panic Prevention
  • The View – Hats Off to the Buskers
  • Amy WinehouseBack to Black
  • Young Knives – Voices of Animals and Men
2008 Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
  • Adele19
  • British Sea PowerDo You Like Rock Music?
  • Burial – Untrue
  • EstelleShine
  • The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age of the Understatement
  • Laura MarlingAlas, I Cannot Swim
  • Neon Neon – Stainless Style
  • Robert Plant & Alison KraussRaising Sand
  • Portico Quartet – Knee Deep In The North Sea
  • RadioheadIn Rainbows
  • Rachel Unthank and the Winterset – The Bairns
2009 Speech Debelle – Speech Therapy
  • Bat for Lashes – Two Suns
  • Florence and the MachineLungs
  • Friendly Fires – Friendly Fires
  • Glasvegas – Glasvegas
  • Lisa Hannigan – Sea Sew
  • The Horrors – Primary Colours
  • The Invisible – The Invisible
  • KasabianWest Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
  • La RouxLa Roux
  • Led Bib – Sensible Shoes
  • Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Twice Born Men
2010 The xx – xx
  • Biffy ClyroOnly Revolutions
  • Corinne Bailey Rae – The Sea
  • Dizzee Rascal – Tongue n' Cheek
  • Foals – Total Life Forever
  • I Am Kloot – Sky at Night
  • Kit Downes Trio – Golden
  • Laura MarlingI Speak Because I Can
  • Mumford & SonsSigh No More
  • Paul Weller – Wake Up the Nation
  • Villagers – Becoming a Jackal
  • Wild Beasts – Two Dancers
2011 PJ HarveyLet England Shake
  • Adele21
  • Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi
  • Elbow – Build a Rocket Boys!
  • Everything Everything – Man Alive
  • Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
  • Gwilym Simcock – Good Days at Schloss Elmau
  • James Blake – James Blake
  • Katy BOn a Mission
  • King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine
  • Metronomy – The English Riviera
  • Tinie TempahDisc-Overy
2012 Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
  • Ben Howard – Every Kingdom
  • Django Django – Django Django
  • Field Music – Plumb
  • Richard Hawley – Standing at the Sky's Edge
  • Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
  • Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?
  • Sam Lee – Ground of its Own
  • The Maccabees – Given to the Wild
  • Plan Bill Manors
  • Roller Trio – Roller Trio
  • Jessie WareDevotion
2013 James Blake – Overgrown
  • Arctic MonkeysAM
  • David BowieThe Next Day
  • Disclosure – Settle
  • Foals – Holy Fire
  • Jake BuggJake Bugg
  • Jon Hopkins – Immunity
  • Laura MarlingOnce I Was an Eagle
  • Laura Mvula – Sing to the Moon
  • RudimentalHome
  • Savages – Silence Yourself
  • Villagers – {Awayland}
2014 Young Fathers – Dead
  • Anna Calvi – One Breath
  • Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow
  • Damon AlbarnEveryday Robots
  • East India Youth – Total Strife Forever
  • FKA twigsLP1
  • GoGo Penguin – V2.0
  • Jungle – Jungle
  • Kate Tempest – Everybody Down
  • Nick Mulvey – First Mind
  • Polar Bear – In Each and Every One
  • Royal Blood – Royal Blood
2015 Benjamin Clementine – At Least for Now
  • Aphex Twin – Syro
  • Gaz Coombes – Matador
  • C Duncan – Architect
  • Eska – Eska
  • Florence and the MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  • Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin
  • Róisín Murphy – Hairless Toys
  • Slaves – Are You Satisfied?
  • SOAK – Before We Forgot How to Dream
  • Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
  • Jamie xx – In Colour
2016 Skepta – Konnichiwa
  • Anohni – Hopelessness
  • Bat for Lashes – The Bride
  • David BowieBlackstar
  • Jamie Woon – Making Time
  • KanoMade in the Manor
  • Laura Mvula – The Dreaming Room
  • Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
  • RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
  • Savages – Adore Life
  • The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It
  • The Comet Is Coming – Channel the Spirits

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