Who Will Win Britain’s Mercury Music Prize?

‘Tis the music prize season with Britain’s Mercury Prize first out of the gate.  The goal is to name the best UK album of the year, regardless of genre or commercial success.  Naturally, the UK bookies are all over this thing.  If you’re thinking of laying down a quid or two on the outcome tomorrow night, here are the latest odds.  

I’ve heard all these albums and I can’t say I disagree with the PJ Harvey Pick–although my heart really goes to Elbow.  Then again, they’ve already won this thing, so the chances of a repeat are slim.

But just remember that as with all these sorts of awards, the winner can be a big surprise.  Remember Speech Debelle?  (Samples from each nominnee can be found here.)

PJ Havery/Let England Shake:  6/4

James Blake/James Blake:  5/1

Adele/21:  6/1

Anna Calvi/Anna Calvi:  7/1

Metronomy/The English Riviera:  7/1

Ghostpoet/Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam:  8/1

Katy B/On a Mission:  16/1

Everything Everything/Man Alive:  16/1

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins/Diamond Mine:  20/1

Elbow/Build a Rocket Boys: 33/1

Tinie Tempah/Disc-Overy:  40/1

Gwilym Simcock/Good Days at Schloss Elmau:  50/1

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Who Will Win Britain’s Mercury Music Prize?

  • September 5, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    PJ Havery should also be nominate for Best New Artist!


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