The annual Mercury Prize awards have released the shortlist of nominees ahead of this year’s ceremony.
Last year, Michael Kiwanuka won the Mercury Music Prize for 2020 with his incredible album Kiwanuka. He sees himself on the judging panel this time around offering his insight on the cream of the crop for 2021.
The awards began in 1992 when Primal Scream took the inaugural prize, and thereafter, the committee has continued to champion lesser-known and up-and-coming British and Irish acts.
“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 announced in a statement.
Adding, “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.”
Notable among the omissions is one of this year’s stand out and most original albums, Dry Cleaning’s New Long Leg.
This year’s judging panel consists of Michael Kiwanuka, musician Jamie Cullum, singer Anna Calvi and DJ Annie Mac. They will have to come to an agreement on the records below by the 9th of September 2021 for the ceremony.
The Mercury Prize nominees:
- Berwyn – Demotape/Vega
- Black Country, New Road – For The First Time
- Celeste – Not Your Muse
- Floating Points – Promises
- Nubya Garcia – Source
- Ghetts – Conflict of Interest
- Mogwai – As The Love Continues
- Laura Mvula – Pink Noise
- Arlo Parks – Collapsed In Sunbeams
- Hannah Peel – Fir Wave
- Sault – Untitled (Rise)
- Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend