The Mercury Prize shortlist has been announced today (Tuesday, July 26), with 12 artists up for the Album Of The Year award.
Judges of the prize include musical pioneers from across the industry: Anna Calvi, Annie MacManus, Danielle Perry, Hazel Wilde, Jamie Cullum, Jamz Supernova, Lea Stonhill, Loyle Carner, Phil Alexander, Tshepo Mokoena, Will Hodgkinson and chair of the judging panel Jeff Smith.
In a statement on behalf of the panel of judges, Mercury said: “Getting down to 12 albums this year was not easy, simply because there were so many remarkable ones to choose from. That serves as proof that British and Irish music thrives during unsettled periods in history, with the albums chosen covering everything from imaginative pop to pioneering rap to Cornish language folk-rock."
“We feel that these 12 amazing albums each have something to say artistically and socially, all in their own unique, enriching ways. Now comes the really hard part... choosing only one overall winner.”
The 2022 Mercury Prize with FREE NOW ‘Albums of the Year’ are:
Fergus McCreadie ‘Forest Floor’
Harry Styles ‘Harry’s House’
Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler ‘For All Our Days That Tear the Heart’
Joy Crookes ‘Skin’
Kojey Radical ‘Reason to Smile’
Little Simz ‘Sometimes I Might be Introvert’
Nova Twins ‘Supernova’
Sam Fender ‘Seventeen Going Under’
Self Esteem ‘Prioritise Pleasure’
Wet Leg ‘Wet Leg’
Yard Act ‘The Overload’
The winning album will be announced on September 8 at the Mercury Prize award show at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith featuring live performances from many of the nominees. Get a ticket to the award show here.
Watch the moment Arlo Parks was announced last year's winner below.
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