Twenty pound coins. Twelve shortlisted songs. One winner.
It’s really very simple.
Each year a panel of around 45 judges meets in a pub, considers twelve songs in a tournament-style smackdown debacle, and awards twenty quid to the song that’s still standing at closing time.
All the judges are Popjustice readers! This is why Louis Tomlinson will never win a Twenty Quid Music Prize.
In the interests of moving Twenty Quid towards being self-sustaining, judges on the night are usually invited to vote in the Twenty Quid Invoice Prize, which is presented to the artist responsible for the year’s worst British pop single.
Carly Rae Jepsen is not eligible.
We’re asked every year. Carly Rae Jepsen is Canadian and is therefore unable to win the Twenty Quid Prize. Which is a shame because she’d have at least £60 by now.
Accept no imitations.
It has been noted by some observers that the Twenty Quid Music Prize takes place each year on the same night as the Mercury Music Prize, which famously awarded £20,000 to the act responsible for the year’s best British album. Please rest assured, this is nothing more than a coincidence.