The Hyundai Mercury Prize, which honors the best British album of the past year as chosen by a panel of British music critics and industry figures, has announced its shortlist. David Bowie is in the running to win a posthumous Mercury Prize for his final album, Blackstar, after being named among the 12 albums of the year for the 25th annual Mercury Prize ceremony.
The shortlist was chosen by a panel of judges that includes former winner Jarvis Cocker, Radio 1′s Annie Mac, pop producer Naughty Boy and singer Jessie Ware. The six finalists and winner will be announced during the 2016 Awards Show at the Eventim Apollo on 15 September, which will feature performances from the shortlisted artists. Presented by Lauren Laverne, The event will be broadcast live on BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music.
See below for all this year’s shortlisted albums.
- 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’
Last year, singer-songwriter Benjamin Clementine took the £25,000 prize.
For more details please visit AwardsAndWinners.com