My Mercury Music Prize Predictions

My predictions for this year’s Mercury Music Prize nominations

  • Half-a-dozen similar-sounding and unchallenging “indie” acts, all signed to major labels.
  • A couple of very mainstream pop singers.
  • Token jazz and folk entries who have no chance of winning but are there to make the list look less beige than it really is
  • As usual, no rock, metal or blues.

I may be pleasantly surprised, and be completely wrong. But somehow I think it’s unlikely. I can’t imagine something like Maschine or Steven Wilson making suitable soundtracks for the middle-class dinner parties which are clearly the award’s primary target market.

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