It’s cool to slag off the Mercury awards, and the winners. Today on the morning after the night before, the media made much of the Gomez factor and the unfulfilled promise of several of the Mercury winners. Well so effing what. Speech Debelle may not be everybody’s cup of hip hop but she won and that’s a fact.
What is truly brilliant about the Mercury Awards is that it raises the profile of a range of artists. Speech had only sold 3000 albums before the event but now the world opens up to her music and vice versa. My discovery of the year via Mercury was The Invisible. The fact they didn’t win means nothing to me. They are a class act and a playlist fixture from now on. It would be cheesy to big up The Mercury Awards for making The Invisible, visible. So I won’t do that. No I won’t.