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Mercury Prize winner to be announced on The One Show

By | Published on Monday 7 September 2020

Mercury Prize

Adding yet more weirdness to 2020, this year’s Mercury Prize winner will be announced on ‘The One Show’. Well, I guess it was that or ‘Loose Women’.

The overall winner of the annual album of the year prize will be revealed on the BBC One early evening show to an audience of perplexed pensioners on 24 Sep. The winning act will also be interviewed on the show.

As well as that, the Beeb has planned a load of programming more likely to reach the awards’ intended audience. On 23 Sep on BBC Four, it will air a special ‘Albums Of The Year’ show, featuring live performances by many of the shortlisted artists. Then on 25 Sep, a special edition of ‘Later… With Jools Holland’ will feature performances by and an interview with the winner.

Plus all that week, from 21-24 Sep, on his 7-9pm BBC Radio 6 Music show, Tom Ravenscroft will celebrate different former winners of the Mercury, including Young Fathers’ ‘Dead’, Roni Size’s ‘Reprazent’ and PJ Harvey’s ‘Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea’. On his final show that week, on the Thursday, the album he’ll be celebrating will be this year’s winner, including an interview with said winner.

“The 2020 Mercury Prize is a great moment for us to give a platform to twelve of the most exciting acts in British music”, says the BBC’s Pop Controller Lorna Clarke. “As the annual awards show is unable to take place this year, the BBC will be celebrating these incredible acts across the week on TV, radio and online, including an exclusive announcement of the winner on ‘The One Show’ on BBC One and a ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ special on BBC Two”.

This year’s nominees, lest we forget, are:

Anna Meredith – Fibs

Charli XCX – How I’m Feeling Now

Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia

Georgia – Seeking Thrills

Kano – Hoodies All Summer

Lanterns On The Lake – Spook The Herd

Laura Marling – Song For Our Daughter

Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka

Moses Boyd – Dark Matter

Porridge Radio – Every Bad

Sports Team – Deep Down Happy

Stormzy – Heavy Is The Head

Coincidentally, Tom Ravenscroft’s show on 21 Sep will also feature a BBC Proms performance by Laura Marling, including songs from her shortlisted album ‘Songs For Our Daughter’, as well as older material, accompanied by string ensemble 12 Ensemble.

I’m sure that’s not an indication that she’ll be the ultimate Mercury winner this year. It’s probably just to get her hopes up. Nominating Laura Marling and then not giving her the award seems like it’s become some sort of game for Mercury judges now, this being her fourth time on the shortlist.