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Definition of the Mercury Prize from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the Mercury Prize

 
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(also the Barclaycard Mercury Prize)
 
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a pop music prize, formerly known as the Mercury Music Prize, that was started in 1992 as an alternative to the Brit Awards because these were seen to be very influenced by the big record companies. The Mercury Prize is given every year to a band or singer, especially one from a small independent record company, for the best album of the year.