The Mercury Prize is an annual music award for the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Its main purpose is through the award to promote the best artists and the best new albums of the year, no matter the genre, to a wider audience. It was established in 1992 by the British Phonographic industry and British Association of Record Dealers. The first ever winners were Primal Scream with ‘Screamadelica’ and this year’s one Skepta with ‘Konnichiwa‘.

The judges at first choose the shortlist of the twelve best albums of the year and through meetings, discussions and voting they eventually conclude to the best one. AmongtThe judges are accomplished musicians, music producers, composers, music journalists and presenters. Since 2016 the audience can choose the best six albums of the shortlist at the night of the award.

Many artists became well known thanks to this music award. And we can still recall their songs more or less. But every album that entered the shortlist, deserved to be heard.

Below, you can check out the award-winning albums from 1992 until 2016:

1992: Primal Scream : ‘Screamadelica

1993: Suede : ‘Suede

1994: M People : ‘Elegant Slumming‘ 

1995: Portishead : ‘Dummy

1996: Pulp : ‘Different Class

1997: Rozi Size/Reprazent : ‘New Forms

1998: Gomez : ‘Bring It On

1999: Talvin Singh : ‘OK

2000: Badly Drawn Boy : ‘The Hour Of Bewilderbeast

2001: PJ Harvey : ‘Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea

2002: Ms. Dynamite : ‘A Little Deeper

2003: Dizzee Rascal : ‘Boy In Da Corner

2004: Franz Ferdinand : ‘Franz Ferdinand

2005: Antony And The Johnsons : ‘I Am A Bird Now

2006: Arctic Monkeys : ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

2007: Klaxons : ‘Myths Of The Near Future

2008: Elbow : ‘The Seldom Seen Kid

2009: Speech Debelle : ‘Speech Therapy

2010: The xx : ‘xx

2011: PJ Harvey : ‘Let England Shake

2012: Alt-J : ‘An Awesome Wave

2013: James Blake : ‘Overgrown

2014: Young Fathers : ‘Dead

2015: Benjamin Clementine : ‘At Least For Now

2016: Skepta : ‘Konnichiwa

Eleftheria Gesou