Each year the Mercury Prize assembles a jury of music critics and industry figures to vote for the best British album of the year. Today, August 4, the shortlist was announced at a ceremony in London.
The nominees include former FADER cover star Skepta plus Anohni, Kano, The 1975, Laura Mvula, Radiohead, and Bat For Lashes. The shortlist is completed by albums from Jamie Woon, Michael Kiwanuka, Savages, The Comet Is Coming, and David Bowie's final album Blackstar.
The shortlist will be trimmed down to six albums between now and September 15, when the winner is decided by the Mercury Prize panel. The public will decide on one of these albums with an online vote now open. The panel, which this year includes former nominees Jessie Ware and Kate Tempest as well as BBC Radio 1 DJs Clara Amfo and Annie Mac, will decide on the remaining five.
The six finalists and the overall winner will be announced as part of the 2016 Awards Show, which will take place on September 15 at the Eventim Apollo, London.
The Mercury Prize 2016
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
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