This years Mercury Prize's Nominees have been announced, it features a posthumous nomination for David Bowie and his beautiful yet eerie final album 'Blackstar'. Radiohead become the most nominated artists ever with their recent release 'A Moon Shaped Pool' which has been stunning critics all year as well festival and gig goers when the tracks have been played live.
Diversity definitely isn't an issue with two Grime MC's on the list with Kano's first ever nomination for 'Made In The Manor' and unsurprisingly Skepta with his brilliant album 'Konnichiwa' which tracks have rightfully dominated the grime scene all year.
All female rock band Savages also feature, as does most likely the longest ever titled mercury nominee in The 1975's and their second album 'I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it', A suitably great and diverse nomination showing that you can make an artistic and smart album within the pop genre.
The prize takes on a different format this year, speaking about the new format Mercury Prize said;
For the first time, an online vote will enable music fans to select the first of six 2016 finalists from the 12 ‘Albums of the Year’. This opens at midday on Thursday 4th August.
The shortlist, five remaining finalists and overall winner will all be chosen by the Hyundai Mercury Prize Judging Panel, based solely on artistic merit.
All six finalists and the overall winner will be announced as part of the 2016 Awards Show, which will take place on Thursday 15 September at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. The event will feature live performances from the shortlisted artists and will culminate in the announcement of the overall winner of the 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize for ‘Album of the Year’.
The 12 albums shortlisted are;
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'