The Hyundai Mercury Prize and BBC Music, the Prize’s broadcast partner, have announced their plans for the TV, radio and online coverage of this year’s Prize.
As all events are subject to current Government guidelines & restrictions there will not be a live awards show this year. However there will be extensive television, radio and online coverage of the Prize across the BBC as both parties feel it is important in the current crisis to continue to showcase and celebrate the achievements of the 12 artists shortlisted for the 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize.
The TV & radio coverage planned is:
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 Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ celebrate and promote the best of UK music, recognising artistic achievement across an eclectic range of contemporary music genres.
Hyundai Motor, the Mercury Prize’s title partner, will be celebrating the shortlisted artists and continuing to support innovations in British music.
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‘