Thursday, August 04, 2016

Mercury Prize 2016 shortlist announced - listen to all 12 nominated artists

Words: Ellie Ward

From David Bowie's final album, 'Blackstar', to grime artists Kano and Skepta, and Radiohead receiving a record fifth nomination, these are amongst the shortlisted albums for the 25th annual Mercury Prize.

Other artists nominated for the £25,000 prize include The 1975 and Michael Kiwanuka, who follows up his 2012 nomination, and former Mercury Prize-winner Antony and the Johnsons, now known as Anohni.

The full list of nominees is:

Anohni - Hopelessness

Bat For Lashes - The Bride

David Bowie - Blackstar

Jamie Woon - Making Time

Kano - Made In The Manor

Laura Mvula - The Dreaming Room

Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Savages - Adore Life

Skepta - Konnichiwa

The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It

The Comet Is Coming - Channel The Spirits

For the first time, an online vote will enable music fans to select the first of six 2016 finalists from the 12 ‘Albums of the Year’. This opens at midday today, August 4. Click here to vote for your favourite.

The shortlist, five remaining finalists and overall winner will all be chosen by the Hyundai Mercury Prize Judging Panel, and all six finalists and the overall winner will be announced as part of the 2016 Awards Show, which will take place on Thursday September 15 at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London.

This year's nominees were decided by:
Musician Jessie Ware, Jeff Smith Head of Music at 6 Music and Radio 2, broadcaster Clara Amfo, Phil Alexander Editor-in-Chief, Kerrang!, Mojo and Q, Harriet Gibsone Music News Editor at The Guardian, Will Hodgkinson Chief Rock and Pop Critic at The Times, former Mercury Prize winner Jarvis Cocker, musicians Kate Tempest and Jamie Cullum, Ellie Rowsell from Wolf Alice, producer Naughty Boy and broadcaster Annie Mac.

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