Mercury Prize ceremony postponed after Queen Elizabeth’s death – Reuters

The Mercury Prize ceremony has been postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth.

The 96-year-old monarch died on Thursday (08.09.22) afternoon and shortly after the announcement around 6:30 p.m., the organizers took the decision to end the event, although the guests had already gathered.

Mercury Prize bosses said in a statement: “‘Tonight’s Mercury Prize event has been postponed during this time of great national sadness. We know everyone involved in the Mercury Prize will understand.

“Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Royal Family at this very difficult time.

“We will make an announcement regarding future arrangements as soon as we can.”

Earlier today the red carpet for the Mercury Prize with FREE NOW Awards Show at the Eventim Apollo in London was canceled after Buckingham Palace announced doctors were ‘concerned’ about the Queen’s health and had her placed “under medical supervision”, prompting his immediate family to travel to his bedside at his Balmoral estate in Scotland.

Sam Fender, Wet Leg, Harry Styles, Little Simz, Self Esteem, Joy Crookes, Fergus McCreadie, Gwenno, Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler, Kojey Radical, Nova Twins and Yard Act had all made the shortlist for this award. year, and 11 of the acts were to be performed live at the event.

Harry – whose ‘Harry’s House’ LP earned him his first-ever Mercury nod – was unable to perform live due to a US tour, however, the ‘As It Was’ hitmaker pre-recorded a special performance “to celebrate” her record, which was to air overnight.

The jury – which includes musicians Anna Calvi, Jamie Cullum and Loyle Carner, and is chaired by Head of Music, 6 Music and Radio 2 Jeff Smith – commented on the selection of albums of the year: “Arriving at 12 albums This year has not been easy, simply because there were so many outstanding albums to choose from.It proves that British and Irish music thrives during volatile times in history, with the albums chosen spanning everything from imaginative pop to pioneering rap to Cornish-language folk.We feel that these 12 incredible albums each have something to say artistically and socially, all in their own unique and enriching way. the really hard part… picking one overall winner.

The 2021 Mercury Prize has been awarded to Arlo Parks for his highly acclaimed debut studio album “Collapsed in Sunbeams”.

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