Drummer Matt Nicholls of the British metalcore act BRING ME THE HORIZON has admitted that he and his bandmates are “really disappointed” not to have been nominated for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize.
The Guardian recently launched a poll to find out who its readers thought should win the Mercury Prize, and BRING ME THE HORIZON won by a landslide.
After the band’s official Facebook page pointed to the poll, BRING ME THE HORIZON fans clicked in the thousands, giving the group over 40 percent of the vote, four times what PJ Harvey‘s “Let England Shake” got.
Despite this, BRING ME THE HORIZON ultimately didn’t make the final 12 shortlisted albums for the £20,000 prize.
Speaking to Kerrang!, Nicholls said: “We’re really disappointed we haven’t been nominated. It’s certainly time for a heavy band to be nominated, or to even win this award. Heavy music is slowly creeping into the mainstream. It seems to be more acceptable to like this kind of music. We believe we’ve made a great album. It’s not fair that it’s always some indie band that gets nominated or wins it. Where’s our recognition?
The Mercury Prize, formerly called the Mercury Music Prize and currently known as the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for sponsorship reasons, is an annual music prize awarded for the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was established by the British Phonographic Industry and British Association of Record Dealers in 1992 as an alternative to the Brit Awards. The prize was originally sponsored by Mercury Communications, a brand owned by Cable Wireless, from which the prize gets its name. It was later sponsored by Technics, from 1998 to 2001, Panasonic, in 2002 and 2003, and the Nationwide Building Society, from 2004 to 2008. Barclaycard became the prize’s current sponsor in March 2009.
Nominations are chosen by a selected panel of musicians, music executives, journalists and other figures in the music industry in the U.K. and Ireland. Presentation of the award usually takes place in September after the nominations are announced in July.