Mercury Prize 2016: Thinking Of Having A Late Flutter? These Are The Latest Betting Odds

Just days remain until the Mercury Prize winner is announced. Nominees include Skepta’s ‘Konnichiwa’, a highpoint for grime in the genre’s phenomenal year, and The 1975’s second record ‘I Like It When You Sleep…’, which is the slice of post-modern pop perfection we’d all hoped it would be. But they’re up against David Bowie’s mournful farewell ‘Blackstar’, and the bookies seem certain the late legend will win.

Yes, Bowie is the current favourite, with odds of 4/7 being offered by bookmakers William Hill. No-one else really comes close to the departed icon, with Anohni currently the second favourite at 7/1, Skepta trailing behind at 8/1 and Michael Kiwanuka at 10/1. It’s especially bad news for Radiohead who despite being joint favourites only a month ago, have slipped to 10/1 and if things stay the way they are, it’ll be the fifth time they’ve been nominated for the award and not taken it home. ‘No Surprises’ there then.

It’s not a foregone conclusion, mind. Last year, Benjamin Clementine went into the ceremony with an outside shot a 10/1 for his heartfelt debut ‘At Least For Now’ – and he went and won the whole thing. The same happened for Young Fathers in 2014, who won the prize for their album ‘Dead’ despite being considered an outsider at 16/1. Now we’re not saying you should lump on The Comet Is Coming (33/1), but hey, if you’ve got a couple quid lying around – you might thank us later.


See the full odds from William Hill below:

David Bowie – 4/7
Anohni – 7/1
Skepta – 7/1
Michael Kiwanuka – 10/1
Radiohead – 10/1
Bat For Lashes – 16/1
Kano – 16/1
Laura Mvula – 20/1
The 1975 – 20/1
Savages – 20/1
Jamie Woon – 33/1
The Comet Is Coming – 33/1