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著名的英國「水星音樂獎」設立於1992年,是英國地區享有國際聲譽的音樂類獎項之一。「水星音樂獎」的獎項只有一個。

1 水星音樂獎 -簡介

一向以提攜新人著稱的英國「水星音樂獎」設立於1992年,是音樂界里一個比較獨特的獎項。是英國地區享有國際聲譽的音樂類獎項之一。每年的水星音樂獎由一些中立的評委投票,從各種風格的音樂中選出去年一年當中在英國或愛爾蘭地區出版的最優秀的專輯。

與其他音樂獎擁有眾多獎項不同,「水星音樂獎」的獎項只有一個,由業內人士組成的評委團來決定獎項的歸屬。自設立以來,「水星音樂獎」一直憑藉專業精神和純粹從音樂出發的評選標準而廣受好評,被很多新人視為進入音樂界的敲門磚。

2 水星音樂獎 -歷年獲獎名單

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Mercury Prize(水星獎)歷年獲獎名單

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2006 

《Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not》-Arctic Monkeys

《The Eraser》-Thom Yoke

《Black Holes & Revelations》-Muse

《Balllad of the Broken Seas》 -Isobel Campbell &Mark Lenegan

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《The Back Room》 -Editors

《Through the Windowpane》-Guillemots

《Coles Corner》-Richard Hawly

《The Warning》-Hot Chip

《Melting Pot》-Zoe Rahman

《Beloved One》-Lou Rhodes

《White Bread Black Beer》-Scritti Politti

《This is My Meno》 -Sway

2005
Antony and the Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now WINNER
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
Coldplay - X&Y
The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike
Hard-Fi - Stars of CCTV
The Kaiser Chiefs - Employment
Seth Lakeman - Kitty Jay
The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers
MAXIMO PARK - A Certain Trigger
MIA - Arular
Polar Bear - Held on the Tips of Fingers
KT Tunstall - Eye to the Telescope

2004
Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand WINNER
Basement Jaxx - Kish Kash
Belle And Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Jamelia - Thank You
Keane - Hopes And Fears
Snow Patrol - Final Straw
Joss Stone - The Soul Sessions
The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free
Ty - Upwards
Amy Winehouse - Frank
Robert Wyatt - Cuckooland
The Zutons - Who Killed the Zutons

2003
Dizzee Rascal - Boy In Da Corner WINNER
Athlete - Vehicles and Animals
Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head
The Darkness - Permission to Land
Floetry - Floetic
Lemon Jelly - Lost Horizons
Radiohead - Hail To The Thief
The Thrills - So Much For The City
Martina Topley-Bird - quixotic
Terri Walker - Untitled

2002
Ms. Dynamite - A Little Deeper WINNER
Guy Barker - Soundtrack
The Bees - Sunshine Hit Me
David Bowie - Heathen
The Coral - The Coral
Doves - The Last Broadcast
Electric Soft Parade - Holes In The Wall
Gemma Hayes - Night On My Side
Beverley Knight - Who I Am
Joanna MacGregor - Play
Roots Manuva - Run Come Save Me
The Streets - Original Pirate Material

2001
PJ Harvey - Songs From The City, Stories From The Sea WINNER
Basement Jaxx - Rooty
Elbow - Asleep At The Back
Goldfrapp - Felt Mountain
Gorillaz - Gorillaz
Ed Harcourt - Here Be Monsters
Tom Mcrae - Tom Mcrae
Radiohead - Amnesiac
Shusheela Ramen - Salt Rain
Super Furry Animals - Rings Around The World
Turin Brakes - The Optimist LP
zero 7 - Simple Things

2000
Badly Drawn Boy - The Hour Of Bewilderbeast WINNER
RICHARD ASHCROFT - Alone With Everybody
Coldplay - Parachutes
M.J. Cole - Sincere
Death In Vegas - The Contino Sessions
The Delgados - The Great Eastern
Doves - Lost Souls
Helicopter Girl - How To Steal The World
Leftfield - Rhythm And Stealth
Nicholas Maw - Violin Concerto
Nitin Sawhney - Beyond Skin
Kathryn Williams - Little Black Numbers

1999
Talvin Singh - OK WINNER
Thomas Ad鑣 - Asyla
Denys Baptiste - Be Where You Are
Blur - 13
Black Star Liner - Bengali Bantam Youth Experience
Chemical Brothers - Surrender
Faithless - Sunday 8pm
Manic Street Preachers - This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
Beth Orton - Central Reservation
Kate Rusby - Sleepless
Stereophonics - Performance and Cocktails
Underworld - Beacoup Fish

1998
Gomez - Bring It On WINNER
Asian Dub Foundation - Rafi's Revenge
Eliza Carthy - Red Rice
Catatonia - International Velvet
Cornershop - When I Was Born For The 7th Time
4-Hero - Two Pages
Massive Attack - Mezzanine
Propellerheads - Decksandrumsandrockandroll
Pulp - This Is Hardcore
John Surman - Proverbs & Songs
The Verve - Urban Hymns
Robbie Williams - Life Thru A Lens

1997
Roni Size/Reprazent - New Forms WINNER
The Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole
Mark-Anthony - Turnage Your Rockaby
Beth Orton - Trailer Park
Primal Scream - Vanishing Point
The Prodigy - The Fat Of The Land
Radiohead - OK Computer
The Spice Girls - Spice
Suede - Coming Up
John Taverner - Svyati

1996
Pulp - Different Class WINNER
Artists for War Child - Help
Black Grape - It's Great When You're Straight
Fire / Caroline - Mathilde
Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go
Peter Maxwell Davies/The BBC Philharmonic - The Beltane
Mark Morrison - Return of the Mack
Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
Courtney Pine - Modern Day Jazz Stories
Norma Waterson - Norma Waterson
Underworld - Second Toughest In The Infants

1995
Portishead - Dummy WINNER
Guy Barker - Into The Blue
Elastica - Elastica
PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love
Leftfield - leftism
James MacMillan - Seven Last Words From The Cross
Van Morrison - Days Like This
Oasis - Definitely Maybe
Supergrass - I Should Coco
Tricky - Maxinquaye

1994
M People - Elegant Slumming WINNER
Blur - Parklife
Ian McNabb - Head Like A Rock
Shara Nelson - What Silence Knows
Michael Nyman - The Piano Concerto and MGV
The Prodigy - Music For The Jilted Generation
Pulp - His 'n' Hers
Take That - Everything Changes
Therapy? - Troublegum
Paul Weller - Wild Wood

1993
Suede - Suede WINNER
Apache Indian - No Reservations
the Auteurs - New Wave
Gavin Bryars - Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet
Dina Carroll - So Close
P.J. Harvey - Rid Of Me
New Order - Republic
Stereo MC's - Connected
Sting - Ten Summoner's Tales
Stan Tracey - Portraits Plus

1992
Primal Scream - Screamadelica WINNER
Barry Adamson - Soul Murder
Jesus & Mary Chain - Honey's Dead
Bheki Mseleku - Celebration
St Etienne - Foxbase Alpha
Simply Red - Stars
John Taverner & Steven Isserlis - The Protecting Veil
U2 - Achtung Baby
Jah Wobble - Rising Above Bedlam
The Young Disciples - Road To Freedom

3 水星音樂獎 -回顧佳作點評

作為英國地區最著名的兩大音樂獎項之一的水星獎(另一個是全英音樂大獎Brit Awards)自舉辦以來至今年已有17年之久,和那些久負盛名的古典音樂盛會相比,儘管憑它的資歷還談不上歷史悠久,但是作為一個流行音樂的獎項確不可不說是有不小的分量的。對於音樂相關行業的從業者來說,獎項意味著受肯定的程度;而對廣大的音樂文化的崇拜者,或者更直白的說是樂迷歌迷來說,幾乎就是他們的流行風向標,省去了逐一關注大小報刊雜誌的各種排行,完全可以當作一個視聽參考,尤其是水星獎的涵蓋地區。在大不列顛,水星獎幾乎是一個家喻戶曉的名詞。

自1998開始即第6屆,組委會把獲獎提名從10個增加到12個,具體什麼原因也不得而知,或許是出於避免落入各大媒體的年度top10的俗套的緣故。有不少人對水星獎的苛刻頗有微詞,12個提名里只有一個將最後勝出,除此之外並沒有其他類如年度最佳表現獎的獎項,而更難能可貴的是。水星的評判更偏重於音樂性,12個提名均以唱片為評判標準,所以在提名列表上看到的藝人都是和他們獲評的唱片連帶出現的,藝人、樂隊的個人色彩被放到了第二位。

翻看水星獎的歷史,差不多每年的最後勝出者都是當年當之無愧的狠角色。當然,沒有十全十美的事,花落誰家都難說高下。最讓樂迷不可理解的恐怕就是1997年那一屆,無論是當年還是現在看來都具有革命性的專輯,Radiohead的轉型之作《Ok Computer》最終抱憾而歸,而組委會卻把獎項頒給了並不為人熟知的Drum&Bass樂隊Roni Size/Reprazent的一張專輯,Thom York大打實驗牌的開篇之作可能當時並沒有籠絡到當時多少評委的心,不過Roni Size/Repraze的《New Form》在當時賣出了5倍白金的銷量,我們只能說當時的Thom York有些倒霉,遇到了如此巨大銷量的對手,今年Radiohead憑藉出眾的才華和詭異的《In Rainbows》擠進了年度提名,也是樂隊第四次入選水星大獎(前三次分別是1997,2001和2003年)。

近幾年的獲獎唱片幾乎都無可厚非,07年的倫敦新軍Klaxons去年的勢頭十分猛烈,首張專輯《Myths of the Near Future》的神秘色彩和近幾年十分走俏的復古new-wave結合得堪稱完美;06的搖滾樂壇幾乎就是「猴子們」Arctic Monkeys的天下,在沒有唱片公司運作的情況下,完全是通過Myspace的口口相傳,北極猴子硬是蹦到了最高的領獎台上,也無形中成就了MySpace模式下最成功的案例;1997年之後最讓人感到差強人意的應數05年的水星大獎,Bloc Party,Coldplay還有Kaiser Chief,Maximo Park等一線大牌的專輯雖說都得到了提名,但並沒有最後突出重圍,讓一直處事低調的Antony and the Johnsons打了個反圍剿,其實如果細聽下來Antony and the Johnsons那張《I Am A Bird Now》還是很有說服力的,低調唯美,身為鋼琴手的Antony在音樂上確實很有天賦;來自蘇格蘭,靦腆的Franz Ferdinand在2004年的紅火程度絕對不亞於他們的晚輩Arctic Monkeys;有著二分之一牙買加血統的Ms. Dynamite 把hip-hop雜糅了Reggae特有的節奏,讓Hip-Hop變得更加風趣,雖然專輯《Lil Deeper》的可圈可點之處並不太多,但是2002年的12個提名里,這個應該是最有特色的; 2003年的水星獎讓Dizzee Rascal成為了該獎項歷史上第一個獲此殊榮的說唱藝人,一張說唱唱片在世界範圍內就賣出了25萬份之多,當年的說唱界,Dizzee Rascal大有捨我其誰的霸氣;在朋克圈裡,男有Iggy Pop,女有PJ Harvey,PJ Harvey 2002年的專輯《Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea》獲得了包括《滾石》,《NME》在內的多家權威媒體的首肯,可以說它的勝出也是眾望所歸,也是在這一屆里,Radiohead和Elbow第一次同時入選,08年的他們再一次同時成為了奪標熱門;新世紀的2000年,Coldplay的首張專輯在結果公布之前被認為最有可能拔得頭籌,可偏偏陰差陽錯的讓Badly Drawn Boy的《The Hour Of Bewilderbeast》趕了個早,從這開始音樂界里出現了一個新名詞future folk。

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