The organisers of the Mercury Prize have introduced particulars of their plans for the 2021 ceremony.
Final yr’s ceremony, which saw the prestigious music prize being awarded to Michael Kiwanuka for his 2019 album ‘Kiwanuka’, was dramatically scaled again because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Hyundai Mercury Prize will return in 2021, with a 12-strong ‘Albums of the Yr’ shortlist set to be introduced on July 22.
The 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize Awards Present will then be held on the Eventim Apollo in London on September 9 – topic to authorities pointers regarding the pandemic.
The hallowed trophyBBC Music will present TV and radio protection of this yr’s Mercury Prize.
This yr’s ceremony would be the first to be held since the successful Rina Sawayama-led campaign to change the competition’s eligibility rules, which happened after the artist was prevented from getting into the Mercurys on account of a problem over her British citizenship.
Sawayama – who was born in Japan however has lived within the UK for 26 years and has indefinite go away to stay within the nation – began the grassroots marketing campaign which led to the BPI agreeing to alter the foundations for each the Mercurys and the BRITs, permitting artists with out British citizenship to be eligible for the awards in the event that they’ve resided within the nation for 5 years or extra.
“That is the UK I do know, and the UK I grew up with – one in every of acceptance and variety,” she told NME of the historic rule change back in February. “It feels actually particular.
“I do applaud BPI for going above and past. I didn’t suppose they’d embrace the clause of 5 years [of UK residence], I assumed they’d go for 10 years. And so they’ve included individuals who had been born right here however might need been dwelling some other place. It’s actually implausible.”