Sunday 25 September 2016

Mercury Music Prize rule change - fans will now be allowed to vote

Published 09/05/2016 | 14:46

Benjamin Clementine who has won the Mercury Prize for his album At Least For Now at the Mercury Music Prize awards at BBC Broadcasting House, London
Benjamin Clementine who has won the Mercury Prize for his album At Least For Now at the Mercury Music Prize awards at BBC Broadcasting House, London

The rules have changed for this year's Mercury Music Prize.

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Fans will be able to choose one of the albums on the shortlist, although the panel of experts will still choose the winner.

This year's panel includes DJ Annie Mac, Jarvis Cocker, Kate Tempest, Naughty Boy and Jamie Cullum among others.

A longlist of 12 acts will be announced on BBC 6 Music on August 4 and the final will be broadcast on BBC Four from the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith London on September 15.

However, fans will choose one of the albums via an online vote while the panel will choose the other five of the six finalists.

The prize is awarded to innovative albums from both UK and Ireland musicians.

Previous winners include Benjamin Clementine, Alt-J, Primal Scream, PJ Harvey, Arcric Monkeys while Irish acts U2, Van Morisson, SOAK, and Roisin Murphy have all been nominated.

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