Hyundai has been headline sponsor of The Hyundai Mercury Prize since 2016 and the Prize has been part of the bedrock of British and Irish music since its introduction in 1992. The Hyundai Mercury Prize champions the best British and Irish music and supports artists who push the boundaries in pursuit of producing creative, innovative albums.
The Prize is a snapshot of the year in music, recognising artistic achievement across a wide range of contemporary music, with genres ranging from pop, to rock, folk, urban, grim, dance, jazz, blues and electronica. As the Prize is open to such an eclectic range of music genres, the Prize winner’s genre tends to vary each year, encouraging music fans to discover new sounds. The shortlist of twelve albums is selected by an independent judging panel and shines a light on both established and emerging artists.
For many artists, just being on the shortlist is enough, but the Prize winner also receives an iconic trophy and a cash prize. The Prize tends to spark public interest and previous winners have experience significant growth in album sales following the accolade.
Albums from several well-known and established artists have previously won the Prize, including; the Artic Monkeys, Suede, Elbow, Franz Ferdinand, Dizzy Rascal and The xx. Recent winners include Skepta's 'Konnichiwa' in 2016, Sampha's 'Process' in 2017 and most recently Wolf Alice's 'A Vision of a Life' in 2018.
PJ Harvey is the only artist to have won the award on more than one occasion, in 2001 and 2011. She was also the first female solo artist to receive the award. Radiohead are recognised as the most shortlisted act with five shortlisted albums, but remarkably have never won.
At the heart of our brand is the desire to think differently and we are dedicated to bringing great ideas to life. We believe that listening to albums has a lasting impression on musicians and the sounds they create. As title sponsors of the Hyundai Mercury Prize, we’re celebrating how great albums act as a catalyst for breaking new ground in music.