The Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ 2018 nominees have been announced today. The list some will consider fairly adventurous and, in the case of some, quite surprising.
ARCTIC MONKEYS - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
EVERYTHING EVERYTHING - A Fever Dream
EVERYTHING IS RECORDED - Everything is Recorded
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE - High as Hope
JORJA SMITH - Lost & Found
KING KRULE - The Ooz
LILY ALLEN - No Shame
NADINE SHAH - Holiday Destination
NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS - Who Built the Moon?
NOVELIST - Novelist Guy
SONS OF KEMET - Your Queen is a Reptile
WOLF ALICE - Visions of a Life
The shortlist was chosen by an independent judging panel
The judges said: “This year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize celebrates albums by musicians at all stages of their careers, but with a shared belief in the importance of music for navigating life’s challenges – whether personal or political, falling in or out of love, growing up or looking back, angry or ecstatic. The music here is funny and inspiring, smart and moving. Twelve amazing albums!”
The 2018 Awards Show will take place on Thursday September 20 at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.The event will feature live performances from many of the shortlisted artists and the evening will culminate in the announcement of the overall winner of the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize for ‘Album of the Year’.
The Prize’s broadcast partner, BBC Music, will be providing live television and radio coverage of the event on BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music.
Last year's winner was Sampha,
for his album 'Process'.