Mercury Prize 2020: Where's the money going?

Mercury Prize 2020: Where's the money going?

The awards are set to be announced tonight, but who are the front runners?

The Mercury Prize celebrates the best British and Irish Albums of the last year, we'll be missing out on the ceremony we've come to expect but the awards are all still to be won.

Sports Team have been popular with oddschecker users collecting 35% of bets in the last week alone. Nominated for their debut album Deep Down Happy, they're the most backed this week.

The indie-rock group hasn't been as popular with bookies, however, who have priced their chances of willing the accolade at 10/1, giving them just a 9.1% chance of winning.

The market favourite for winning the 2020 Mercury Prize is 33-year-old Michael Kiwanuka for his self-titled album Kiwanuka.


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The artist has attracted the second-highest amount of bettors in the last week with 14% and many will believe there is still value to be had with bookies pricing him at 2/1.

Moses Boyd has also been popular in the last week collecting 12.5% of bets. Nominated for his album Dark Matter the 29-yeas-old Londoner achieved great reviews from critics. Currently priced at 6/1, value hunters eye’s may have been turned by Boyd this year.

Some punters may believe of the bigger names hold more value in this year's awards as they seem far from favourites.

Grammy winner and three-time brit award winner Dua Lipa is arguably the biggest name nominated for the award.

Priced at 8/1 for her album Future Nostalgia. Said to be inspired by the music she grew up listening to, the album boasts an 88/100 on Metacritic.

Another of the bigger names nominated is Charlie XCX. Nominated for a Grammy twice in 2015 and more recently nominated for a Brit Award this year.

Written during the lockdown her album, How I’m Feeling Now, is another big price with bookmakers placing it a 10/1.

Another artist amongst the biggest names listed is three-time Brit Award winner Stomzy. Nominated for his album Heavy Is the Head, priced at 12/1 bookies don’t seem confident the 27 year-old will pick up the Mercury prize this year.

Mercury Prize 2020

  • Michael Kiwanuka 2/1
  • Laura Marling 9/2
  • Moses Boyd 6/1
  • Sports Team 8/1
  • Dua Lipa 8/1
  • Kano 9/1
  • Charli XCX 10/1
  • Stormzy 12/1
  • Georgia 20/1
  • Anna Meredith 25/1
  • Lanterns on the Lake 28/1
  • Porridge Radio 28/1