Mercury Prize nominees revealed – with two acts making it three out of three | Ents & Arts Information


The nominees for this 12 months’s Mercury Prize have been unveiled, with Wolf Alice, Laura Mvula, Arlo Parks, Celeste, Mogwai and Ghetts all within the working.

Berwyn, Nubya Garcia, Hannah Peel, Floating Factors, Sault and Black Nation, New Highway make up the shortlist for the award, which celebrates British musicians and recognises the 12 finest albums of the 12 months.

The nominations for different rock band Wolf Alice’s Blue Weekend and Mvula’s Pink Noise means each acts have now been shortlisted for the Mercury Prize for each album they’ve launched.

Wolf Alice - Joff Oddie, Ellie Rowsell, Theo Ellis and Joel Amey - won the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Music Prize
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Wolf Alice – Joff Oddie, Ellie Rowsell, Theo Ellis and Joel Amey – gained the distinguished award in 2018
Laura Mvula at the Mercury Prize 2016. Pic: Matt Crossick/PA
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Laura Mvula was nominated for the second time in 2016. Pic: Matt Crossick/PA

Wolf Alice gained in 2018 for second file Visions Of A Life, and acquired a nod for debut My Love Is Cool in 2015; Mvula was nominated for Sing To The Moon in 2013 and The Dreaming Room in 2016.

Solely Arctic Monkeys, PJ Harvey and Laura Marling have acquired extra – they’ve 4 nods every; Harvey is the one artist to this point with two wins – and Wolf Alice and Mvula be a part of the likes of Coldplay, David Bowie, Pulp and Florence And The Machine, who even have three.

This 12 months’s Mercury Prize shortlist additionally consists of 5 debuts: Parks‘s Collapsed In Sunbeams, Celeste‘s Not Your Muse, Garcia’s Supply, Black Nation, New Highway’s For The First Time, and Berwyn’s Demotape/Vega, which was launched as a mix-tape.

For rock band Mogwai, their tenth studio album As The Love Continues earned them their first primary when it was launched in February, and now claims their first Mercury nomination, too. Grime artist Ghetts’s Battle Of Curiosity, his third album, was launched in the identical week, charting at quantity two.

The Mercury Prize is thought for championing a variety of musical genres, with Primal Scream profitable the primary award in 1992 and artists together with Ms Dynamite, Pulp, Dave, Roni Dimension, Skepta, Elbow, Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys and The XX among the many acts who went on to assert the prize.

Judges this 12 months embody three-time nominee Anna Calvi, broadcaster and DJ Annie Mac, musician Jamie Cullum, and 2020 winner Michael Kiwanuka.

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Mercury Prize chairman David Wilkinson stated the nominees had been chosen following “one other troublesome and difficult 12 months” for the music trade, with stay music decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic, however that “creatively, that is shaping as much as be an distinctive 12 months for British music – with so many excellent albums.”

The 2021 Mercury Prize awards present will happen on Thursday 9 September on the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London.

Chatting with Sky Information following the nominations, Parks stated it was “sudden”.

She stated: “I wasn’t in a position to really be out on the planet touring the file however the truth that it is nonetheless managed to be a supply of assist and luxury and pleasure for individuals, I imply, it is related, .

“The whole lot that is been taking place to me has been sudden. And I am sort of going into it wide-eyed, like what is going on on?”

Arlo Parks
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Arlo Parks says the nomination was ‘sudden’

Requested if individuals ought to be double jabbed to attend gigs, she stated: “I imply, I am double jabbed and I really feel prefer it’s necessary to do as a lot as attainable to be sure that all people is secure, it is so simple as that. So transferring ahead I will be sure that all people’s secure.”

Ghetts, who was requested the identical query, stated: “No, not if it goes in opposition to their free will. I do not wish to be a part of something that goes in opposition to anyone’s free will. I feel that is flawed.”

Mvula, who was nominated for 3 albums out of three, stated she was “nonetheless coping with” the honour.

“Prefer it’s not fairly sinking in,” she added. “Even simply being on this room that I have been in twice earlier than looks like is it a reminiscence or is it a dream, I do not know, it is a bit surreal.”



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