The annual prize shortlists 12 albums released by British and Irish acts in the United Kingdom in the past year.
Singer-songwriters Arlo Parks
and Celeste, rapper Ghetts and past winner Wolf Alice are among
the 12 acts in the running for this year’s Mercury Prize,
organisers of the British music award said.
First handed out to rockers Primal Scream in 1992, the
annual 25,000-pound ($34,385) prize shortlists 12 albums
released by British and Irish acts in the United Kingdom in the
Considered less mainstream than the annual BRIT Awards, it
is open to all music genres.
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In the running for album of the year are Parks’ debut
“Collapsed in Sunbeams”, composer Hannah Peel’s “Fir Wave”, and
“Promises”, electronic music artist Floating Points’
collaboration with Pharoah Sanders and The London Symphony
Jazz musician Nubya Garcia is nominated for debut album
“Source”, as are rappers Ghetts for “Conflict of Interest” and
Berwyn for his debut mixtape “Demotape/Vega”.
Rock bands Mogwai and Black Country, New Road are nominated
for “As The Love Continues” and debut album “For the First Time”
respectively. Wolf Alice, who won the Mercury Prize in 2018, are
nominated for their chart-topping record “Blue Weekend”.
Singer-songwriters Celeste’s chart-topping debut “Not Your
Muse” and Laura Mvula’s “Pink Noise”, as well as elusive music
collective Sault’s “Untitled (Rise)”, complete the list.
— Wolf Alice (@wolfalicemusic) July 22, 2021
“It is testament to the strength of British music that,
during a year which saw musicians face the toughest challenges
of their lives, so many remarkable albums came out nonetheless,”
this year’s judges said in a statement.
“There was an embarrassment of riches for this year’s
Hyundai Mercury Prize judges to choose from, but the final
twelve show how diverse, vibrant and far-reaching British music
continues to be.”
This judging panel for the 2021 prize, which will be handed
out on Sept. 9 at an awards show in London, includes last year’s
winner Michael Kiwanuka, musician Jamie Cullum, singer Anna
Calvi and DJ Annie Mac.