Mercury Prize 2022: Why was the award ceremony rescheduled and what is the new date?

The award was initially set to be presented at he start of September.

On the evening of Thursday, September 8 an announcement was made to the world with news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Since then, various events have been postponed, including the National Television Awards and football fixtures across the entirety of the English game.

However, one of the first cancellations which needed to be made came from the organisers of the Mercury Prize, an award recognising the best British album of the last year which was set to have a full ceremony on Thursday evening. Coverage was set to be broadcast on BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music.

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    Mercury Prize 2022: Why was the award ceremony rescheduled and are there plans for a new date? (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

    In a statement released less than two hours before the ceremony was scheduled to start, organisers said: “Tonight’s Mercury Prize event has been postponed at this time of great national sorrow. We know everyone involved in the Mercury Prize will understand. Our thoughts and condolences are with The Royal Family at this very difficult time.

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


    The award, which is well known for celebrating the best of UK music has a shortlist which includes Harry Styles, Self Esteem, Wet Leg and North Shields’ Sam Fender, who is nominated for his second studio album Seventeen Going Under.

    Following the announcement of the postponement, nominated artist Self Esteem fought to ensure cooked food for the event was donated to homeless groups in London.

    The award has previously been won by the likes of Primal Scream, Pulp, Dizzee Rascal, Arctic Monkeys and Dave, with the current holder of the award being Arlo Parks.

    Has a rescheduled date for the Mercury Prize been announced?

    On Friday, September 23 the team behind the prize announced the rescheduled date for the show.

    It will be on Tuesday, October 18 and will be available to watch live on BBC Four and iPlayer from 9pm on the night.


    Who is the favourite to win the Mercury Prize?

    Self Esteem and her album Prioritise Pleasure was the favourite to win the award before the postponement and betting markets on the event have been suspended for the time being.