Radiohead, Kano and Bat For Lashes also appear on the longlist for the best British album of the year
The Mercury Prize is an annual music industry celebration. A jury of critics and industry insiders vote for the best British album of the year, with the winner receiving £20,000 and a healthy boost in album sales. Previous winners have included James Blake, Dizzee Rascal, PJ Harvey, and Young Fathers.
This year’s selection focuses on the big hitters: grime MC Skepta is listed for his breakthrough Konnichiwa, Anohni appears with her powerful Hopelessness, David Bowie gets a posthumous nomination for Blackstar, and Radiohead’s stunning A Moon Shaped Pool gets a nod too.
Records by other recognisable artists – including Bat For Lashes, Kano, and The 1975 – have all been nominated too. The sole curveball is a nomination for relatively unknown London jazz band The Comet Is Coming.
Six of the albums will be considered for the final prize, with the final prize chosen by a panel (which this year includes Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac and former prize nominees Kate Tempest and Jessie Ware) at a ceremony on September 15.
Check out the full longlist below:
Anohni – Hoplessness
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 and 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