There may be no live event this year, but the show must go on! Find out which artists have been selected for the prestigious award.

Now in its 28th year, the Hyundai Mercury Prize has shortlisted 12 artists for the coveted ‘Album of the Year’ award. However, as with almost everything this year, the ongoing global pandemic means that sadly, there will be no live event. However, the show must go on…


Partnering with BBC Music, we can still get our fill of the Mercury Prize event as it’s covered on TV and radio in the UK.


BBC Four, Wednesday, 23 September – 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ programme featuring specially filmed live performances from many of the shortlisted artists. In a first for the Hyundai Mercury Prize, the show will be streamed to international audiences via the Hyundai Mercury Prize YouTube channel, with support from this year’s digital music partner YouTube Music.


BBC One, Thursday, 24 September – the overall winner of the 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize will be announced on The One Show.


BBC Two, Friday, 25 September – a ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ special reviewing the 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize and featuring an interview with the winning artist & performances.


BBC Radio 6 Music will continue their ongoing coverage of the shortlisted artists – and there will be a Hyundai Mercury Prize special on 6 Music on Thursday, 24 September with Tom Ravenscroft from 7pm to 9pm.


The Hyundai Mercury Prize 2020: Album of the Year programme and Later… with Jools Holland: Mercury Prize 2020 will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer, along with some of the tracks performed by this year’s shortlisted artists. Download the BBC Sounds app to catch all the 6 Music coverage live and on-demand


The Prize’s new digital music partner, YouTube Music will be promoting the Hyundai Mercury Prize from the shortlist announcement onwards. YouTube Music will also host the official Prize playlist featuring the 12 shortlisted artists and albums and support the Prize’s first-ever international live stream.

The 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ are:


Anna Meredith  ‘FIBS‘

Charli XCX  ‘how i’m feeling now‘

Dua Lipa  ‘Future Nostalgia‘

Georgia  ‘Seeking Thrills‘

Kano  ‘Hoodies All Summer‘

Lanterns on the Lake  ‘Spook the Herd‘

Laura Marling  ‘Song for Our Daughter‘

Michael Kiwanuka  ‘KIWANUKA‘

Moses Boyd  ‘Dark Matter‘

Porridge Radio  ‘Every Bad‘

Sports Team  ‘Deep Down Happy‘

Stormzy  ‘Heavy is the Head‘

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