Arlo Parks, Mogwai, Gates, Wolf Ellis and Celeste are among the names nominated for the 2021 Mercury Prize.
The award of the year will be presented in a live ceremony at the Eventim Apollo in London on 9 September.
The 12-strong ‘Album of the Year’ shortlist also includes the likes of Black Country, New Road, Nubaya Garcia, Laura Mvula and Salt.
This year’s list includes several debut albums, including “Collapsed in Sunbeams” by Arlo Parks, “For the First Time” by Black Country, New Road, and “Not Your Muse” by Celeste.
Last one on this year’s list is Mercury Award winning artist Wolf Ellis, who won the 2018 award for second album ‘Vision of a Life’ and is recently back again with third album ‘Blue Weekend’.
See the full list of Mercury Prize nominations for 2021 below:
Arlo Park – ‘Collapsed in the Sunbeam’
Berwin – “Demotape / Vega”
Black Country, New Road – “For the First Time”
Celeste – “Not Your Museum”
The Floating Points, Pharaoh Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra – ‘Promises’
Ghat – ‘Conflict of Interest’
Hannah Peele – “Fire Wave”
Laura Mvula – “Pink Noise”
Mogwai – ‘As the Love Continues’
Nubaya Garcia – “The Source”
Salt – “Untitled (Rise)”
Wolf Alice – “Blue Weekend”
In a joint statement, the judges of the Mercury Prize, which included last year’s winner Michael Kiwanuka along with Anna Calvi, Annie Mack, Jamie Cullum and more, said: “It is a testament to the power of British music, which over the course of a year The musicians faced the toughest challenges of their lives, yet many notable albums came out.
“It was an embarrassment of funds to choose for this year’s Hyundai Mercury Awards judges, but the final twelve show just how diverse, vibrant and far-reaching British music is. Picking a winner from among the twelve albums that bring so much hope for the future is indeed I will be a challenge.”
Kiwanuka received last year’s award for the third album ‘Kiwanuka’. Toasting his 2020 Mercury Prize win, Called him the “perfect, timely winner”.