Mercury Prize shortlist announced with Celeste and Wolf Alice in the running
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Wolf Alice and Celeste are among the artists battling it out for the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize 'Album of the Year'.
The annual award celebrates and promotes the best of British and Irish music.
It aims to recognise artistic achievement across a range of contemporary music genres.
The shortlist has been chosen by an independent judging panel and was revealed at a launch event, hosted by BBC Music’s Huw Stephens today.
The shortlist was also announced live on air just after 11am on BBC Radio 6 Music, with a Mercury Prize special from midday presented by Huw Stephens.
The shortlist is:
Arlo Parks ‘Collapsed in Sunbeams‘
Wolf Alice are up for the gong
Celeste is nominated
Black Country, New Road ‘For the First Time‘
Celeste ‘Not Your Muse‘
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra ‘Promises‘
Ghetts ‘Conflict of Interest‘
Hannah Peel ‘Fir Wave‘
Laura Mvula ‘Pink Noise‘
Mogwai ‘As the Love Continues‘
Ghetts is nominated
Nubya Garcia ‘SOURCE‘
SAULT ‘Untitled (Rise)‘
Wolf Alice ‘Blue Weekend‘
The 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize judges are: Anna Calvi – Musician & Songwriter; Annie Mac – Broadcaster & DJ; Danielle Perry – Broadcaster & Writer; Gemma Cairney – Broadcaster & DJ; Hazel Wilde (from Lanterns on the Lake) – Musician & Songwriter; Jamie Cullum – Musician & Broadcaster; Jeff Smith – Head of Music, 6 Music & Radio 2; Michael Kiwanuka – Musician & Songwriter; Mike Walsh – Music Consultant; Phil Alexander – Creative Director, Kerrang!/Contributing Editor, Mojo; Tshepo Mokoena – Editorial Director, VICE.com; Will Hodgkinson – Chief Rock & Pop Critic, The Times. The Chair of the judging panel is Jeff Smith.
Will Nubya Garcia win?
The judges said: "It is testament to the strength of British music that, during a year which saw musicians face the toughest challenges of their lives, so many remarkable albums came out nonetheless.
"There was an embarrassment of riches for this year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize judges to choose from, but the final twelve show how diverse, vibrant and far-reaching British music continues to be.
"Choosing one winner out of twelve albums that bring so much hope for the future will be a challenge indeed."
The 2021 Awards Show will take place on Thursday, September 9 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 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize for ‘Album of the Year’.
The Prize’s broadcast partner, BBC Music, will be providing coverage of the event across BBC TV, radio, online & social media.