Everyone loves to hate awards shows for one reason or another. Regarding music awards, they either miss the obvious elephant-in-the-room choice or they don’t push far enough into the obscure. The Mercury price is getting some flack for its Indie rock-leaning nominees in a year where Indie rock was largely regarded as a “non-story,” but is rigid curation really the point? Via The Guardian:

Jude Rogers, who has been a Mercury judge for six years, says things can get especially fraught towards the end of the judging process. “There have been times where three, maybe four, records have all stood a good chance right up until the final minutes before the announcement. One year a judge was so incensed they didn’t hang around for the do afterwards. Another year I came very close to throwing a bread roll at a fellow judge.”

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