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