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"Ridiculous decision": Mercury Prize blasted for postponing 2022 ceremony after Queen's death

09 September 2022, 11:16 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Last night's (8 September) 2022 Mercury Prize Award ceremony was postponed following news of Queen Elizabeth II's death, and the decision has been criticised on Twitter.

Yesterday (8 September) evening the royal family announced that Queen Elizabeth II "died peacefully at Balmoral" earlier that day, and the 2022 Mercury Prize Award ceremony, which had already welcomed nominees and some attendees into London's Eventim Apollo, postponed the event shortly after, asking those already in the venue to leave by 7:30pm.

On socials, the Mercury Prize team wrote, "Tonight’s Mercury Prize event has been postponed at this time of great national sorrow. We know everyone involved in the Mercury Prize will understand."

"Our thoughts and condolences are with The Royal Family at this very difficult time," the statement continued. "We will make an announcement regarding future arrangements as soon as we are able."

The decision received some criticism on Twitter, with people calling it "utterly needless", a "ridiculous decision", a "shocking decision" and more.

One user pointed out the amount of food waste that would be caused by the postponement, but luckily Self Esteem stepped in to help get the guest meals donated to the local church and a Covent Garden restaurant to feed the homeless.

A new date is yet to be announced for the 2022 Mercury Prize Award ceremony.

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