Jessie Ware: ‘I won’t allow myself to dream of winning the Mercury Prize’

The 'Running' singer is cautious about her chances of winning the prestigious prize

Jessie Ware has said she won’t allow herself to dream of winning the Mercury Music Prize.

The prestigious award ceremony takes place at London’s Hospital on November 1 and Ware is among the bookmakers favourites to take home the £20,000 ‘Album of the Year’ prize.

The singer told The Telegraph: “I don’t feel the Mercury nomination is about stardom though. It’s just a real acknowledgment of celebrating the album. But all this anticipation… it’s about being realistic.

She continued: “It’s wonderful and everything but you don’t allow yourself to dream of ever winning such a prestigious award as a Mercury. You never know when it’s going to end. I am just trying to keep it real.”

Ware also admitted she’s nervous about delivering an acceptance speech, should she come away with the top award, and says she probably shouldn’t win because her speech would be akin to Gwyneth Paltrow’s infamous Oscar speech.

She added: “I worry I would make a really embarrassing acceptance speech. It would be like Gwyneth Paltrow’s tearful acceptance speech at the Oscars. I probably shouldn’t win it just for that!”

The shortlist of the 12 ‘Albums Of The Year’ chosen by an independent judging panel were announced last month (September 12) at London’s Hospital Club. The final award for the £20,000 prize will be announced on November 1.

The full list of nominated albums, with current bookmakers odds, is:

Alt-J – ‘An Awesome Wave’ (5/1)
Richard Hawley – ‘Standing On The Sky’s Edge’ (4-1)
Plan B – ‘Ill Manors’ (4-1)
Sam Lee – ‘Ground Of Its Own’ (10-1)
Lianne La Havas – ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’ (8-1)
Django Django – ‘Django Django’ (5-1)
The Maccabees – ‘Given To The Wild’ (7-1)
Ben Howard – ‘Every Kingdom’ (8-1)
Jessie Ware – ‘Devotion’ (7-1)
Roller Trio – ‘Roller Trio’ (10-1)
Field Music – ‘Plumb’ (10-1)
Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Home Again’ (8-1)