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Best Album of the Year 2016 - Mercury Prize Live
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The big question this year is whether the panel will be able to put personal feelings and popular opinion aside and NOT award the prize to David Bowie. The star's death aside, Blackstar has been Bowie's most critically acclaimed LP since he ushered in the 80s with Scary Monsters (that's the one with Ashes to Ashes on, if your memory doesn't go back that far) and he's the overwhelming favourite tonight.
But the judges are damned if they do and damned if they don't, because picking Bowie will mean overlooking Radiohead for an incredible fifth time. Either way, one set of fans won't be happy. Just to be awkward, I'm going to tip rank outsiders and cosmic Hawkwind-alikes, The Comet Is Coming. But since I haven't got it right since Badly Drawn Boy won it in 2000, I'd highly recommend placing your tenner elsewhere.
Lauren Laverne hosts the annual ceremony to decide the best album of the year, which for the first time features the announcement of the six finalists from the shortlisted 12 albums - one of which has been chosen by the public and the rest by a panel of judges. There will be live performances as well as a look back over 25 years of the Mercury awards, before the winner is announced. Shaun Keaveny presents extra coverage and further performances in an hour-long show on the red button from 8-9pm.
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