Next Episode of Mercury Prize is
An annual music prize ceremony broadcast on the BBC.
In this hour long programme, Lauren Laverne hosts BBC Four's Best Album of the Year 2016 - Mercury Prize Live from the awards ceremony at London's Eventim Apollo.
This year, for the first time, the television programme will feature the announcement of six finalists from the shortlisted 12 albums - one of which has been chosen by public vote and the rest by the panel of judges who selected the shortlist and who will decide the ultimate winner of the Prize tonight. Lauren will introduce performances on stage, and the programme will also reflect back across 25 years of the Mercurys, marking this milestone anniversary of the prestigious Prize, and culminating in the thrilling moment the winner is announced live.
Lauren Laverne hosts this year's prestigious Mercury Music Prize from the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London. Each year, an esteemed collection of artists, broadcasters and tastemakers decide on what they believe to be the outstanding albums of the year from the UK and Ireland. This shortlist is seen as reflecting and highlighting the diversity of the UK music scene and this year features grime, pop, jazz, rap and indie guitar. As ever the albums and artists are an eclectic bunch which include previous winners alt-J and The xx, grime star Stormzy, poet Kate Tempest and the interesting choice that has had the critics talking, a certain Mr Ed Sheeran. During this show, all the shortlisted albums will be celebrated through special performances, culminating in the live announcement of this year's winner.
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