Saturday 17 March 2018

Final six judges announced for Hyundai Mercury Prize

Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo has been named as one of the judges
Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo has been named as one of the judges

Singer Jessie Ware and BBC Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo are among the final six judges announced for the Hyundai Mercury Prize.

They will join previously announced names including former Mercury winner Jarvis Cocker, musicians Kate Tempest, Jamie Cullum and Wolf Alice's Ellie Rowsell, producer Naughty Boy and radio DJ Annie Mac.

The final panel is completed by Jeff Smith, head of music at 6 Music and Radio 2; Phil Alexander, editor-in-chief of Kerrang!, Mojo and Q magazines; Harriet Gibsone, music news editor at The Guardian; and Will Hodgkinson, chief rock and pop critic at The Times.

The judges will compile the shortlist of 12 "Albums of the Year", which will be revealed at a live launch, hosted by 6 Music's Shaun Keaveny, on August 4.

Music fans will be able to select one of the six finalists for the trophy and £20,000 prize money through an online poll, with the winner announced at a special ceremony on September 15 to mark the award's 25th anniversary.

For the second year running, the Hyundai Mercury Prize ceremony will be shown live on BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 music.

Last year, the prize was won by Benjamin Clementine for his debut album At Least For Now.

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