The 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize: Ceremony date, nominees, hosts, performances and more

9 September 2021, 10:00

Arlo Parks, Mogwai and Wolf Alice are among those shortlisted for the 2021 Mercury Prize
Arlo Parks, Mogwai and Wolf Alice are among those shortlisted for the 2021 Mercury Prize. Picture: 1. David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hugo Boss UK 2. Roberto Ricciuti/Redferns/Getty 3. Jon Mo Photography

By Jenny Mensah

The awards ceremony, which celebrates the best British and Irish albums of the year, is almost upon us. Find out when it takes place and who's nominated.

The 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize Albums of the Year ceremony takes place next week and it's set to be a tough one, with everyone from Wolf Alice to Mogwai up for the prestigious gong.

Find out everything we know about the prestigious award and its upcoming ceremony including its date, location, shortlist, who it is hosted by and how to watch it.

READ MORE: 21 incredible albums that won the Mercury Prize

When does the Mercury Prize ceremony 2021 take place?

The Hyundai Mercury Prize Album of the Year ceremony will take place on Thursday 9 September at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo at 8pm.

How can I watch the Mercury Prize 2021?

The 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize ceremony will be shown on Thursday 9 September on BBC Four from 9pm.

Who's hosting the 2021 Mercury Prize?

The Hyundai Mercury Prize will be hosted by Lauren Laverne and Annie Mac will be the guest presenter, who will announce the overall winner.

Arlo Parks performs at All Points East 2021
Arlo Parks performs at All Points East 2021. Picture: Louise Morris

Who's on the Mercury Prize 2021 shortlist?

The 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize Albums of the Year are:

  • Arlo Parks - Collapsed in Sunbeams
  • Black Country, New Road - For The First Time
  • Celeste - Not Your Muse
  • Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises
  • Ghetts - Conflict of Interest
  • Hannah Peel - Fir Wave
  • Laura Mvula - Pink Noise
  • Mogwai - As the Love Continues
  • Nubya Garcia - SOURCE
  • SAULT - Untitled (Rise)
  • Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend

READ MORE: Find out about the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize nominated albums in more detail here

Who's performing at the 2021 Mercury Prize?

Playing live at the awards ceremony are Arlo Parks; BERWYN; Black Country, New Road; Celeste; Ghetts; Hannah Peel; Laura Mvula; Mogwai; Nubya Garcia and Wolf Alice.

Short films will be shown about the albums by SAULT and Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & the LSO.

Who are the Mercury Prize 2021 judges?

The 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize judges are: Anna Calvi – Musician & Songwriter; Annie Mac – Broadcaster & DJ; Danielle Perry – Broadcaster & Writer; Gemma Cairney – Broadcaster & DJ; Hazel Wilde (from Lanterns on the Lake) - Musician & Songwriter; Jamie Cullum - Musician & Broadcaster; Jeff Smith - Head of Music, 6 Music & Radio 2; Michael Kiwanuka - Musician & Songwriter; Mike Walsh - Music Consultant; Phil Alexander – Creative Director, Kerrang!/Contributing Editor, Mojo; Tshepo Mokoena – Editorial Director,; Will Hodgkinson - Chief Rock & Pop Critic, The Times. The Chair of the judging panel is Jeff Smith.

The judges said of the 2021 selection: "It is testament to the strength of British music that, during a year which saw musicians face the toughest challenges of their lives, so many remarkable albums came out nonetheless.

"There was an embarrassment of riches for this year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize judges to choose from, but the final twelve show how diverse, vibrant and far-reaching British music continues to be."

READ MORE: Where are the Mercury Prize winners now?


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