The nominees for this year’s Mercury Prize have been announced, along with Wolf Alice, Laura Mvula, Arlo Parks, Celeste, Mogwai, and the Ghetts.
Berwyn, Nubya Garcia, Hannah Peel, Floating Points, Sault and Black Country, New Road are the shortlisted for the award, which celebrates British musicians and determines the 12 best albums of the year.
The nominations for alternative rock band Wolf Alice’s Blue Weekend and Mvula’s Pink Noise mean both bands were shortlisted. Mercury Prize for every album they’ve released.
alice the wolf Second record won for Visions Of A Life in 2018, and got a nod for the first My Love Is Cool in 2015; Mvula was nominated for Sing To The Moon in 2013 and The Dreaming Room in 2016.
Only the Arctic Monkeys, PJ Harvey, and Laura Marling got more – each with a four-headed nod; Harvey is the only artist to date to have two wins, and Wolf Alice and Mvula cold game, David Bowie, Pulp and Florence And The Machine, there are also three.
This year’s Mercury Prize shortlist also includes five exits: parksCollapsed in Sunbeams, Celeste‘s Not Your Muse, Garcia’s Source, Black Country, New Road’s For First Time, and Berwyn’s Demotape/Vega, released as a mixtape.
Their tenth studio album for rock band Mogwai, As The Love Continues, earned them their first number one when it was released in February, and is now also claiming their first Mercury nomination. Grime artist Ghetts’ third album, Conflict Of Interest, was released the same week and peaked at number two on the chart.
The Mercury Prize is known for promoting a wide variety of musical genres, including Primal Scream, which won the first prize in 1992, and artists such as Ms Dynamite, Pulp, Dave, Roni Size, Skepta, Elbow, Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys and The XX. actions that continue to claim the reward.
Anna Calvi, who has been nominated three times this year, includes broadcaster and DJ Annie Mac, musician Jamie Cullum and 2020 winner Michael Kiwanuka.
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Mercury Prize president David Wilkinson said the nominees were selected after “another difficult and challenging year” for the music industry when live music was destroyed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but “creatively, this year is shaping up to be an outstanding year”. British music – with so many outstanding albums.”
The 2021 Mercury Prize awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, September 9 at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London.