Singer-songwriters Arlo Parks and Celeste, rapper Ghetts and past victor Wolf Alice are among the 12 acts successful the moving for this year’s Mercury Prize, organizers of the British euphony grant said connected Thursday.
First handed retired to rockers Primal Scream successful 1992, the yearly 25,000-pound ($34,385) prize shortlists 12 albums released by British and Irish acts successful the United Kingdom successful the past year.
Considered little mainstream than the yearly BRIT Awards, it is unfastened to each euphony genres.
In the moving for medium of the twelvemonth are Parks’ debut “Collapsed successful Sunbeams”, composer Hannah Peel’s “Fir Wave”, and “Promises”, physics euphony creator Floating Points’ collaboration with Pharoah Sanders and The London Symphony Orchestra.
Jazz instrumentalist Nubya Garcia is nominated for debut medium “Source”, arsenic are rappers Ghetts for “Conflict of Interest” and Berwyn for his debut mixtape “Demotape/Vega”.
Rock bands Mogwai and Black Country, New Road are nominated for “As The Love Continues” and debut medium “For the First Time” respectively. Wolf Alice, who won the Mercury Prize successful 2018, are nominated for their chart-topping grounds “Blue Weekend”.
Singer-songwriters Celeste’s chart-topping debut “Not Your Muse” and Laura Mvula’s “Pink Noise”, arsenic good arsenic elusive euphony corporate Sault’s “Untitled (Rise)”, implicit the list.
“It is testament to the spot of British euphony that, during a twelvemonth which saw musicians look the toughest challenges of their lives, truthful galore singular albums came retired nonetheless,” this year’s judges said successful a statement.
“There was an embarrassment of riches for this year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize judges to take from, but the last 12 amusement however diverse, vibrant and far-reaching British euphony continues to be.”
This judging sheet for the 2021 prize, which volition beryllium handed retired connected Sept. 9 astatine an awards amusement successful London, includes past year’s victor Michael Kiwanuka, instrumentalist Jamie Cullum, vocalist Anna Calvi and DJ Annie Mac.