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Harry Styles and Little Simz lead 2022 Mercury Prize nominees

Wet Leg, Kojey Radical, Self Esteem, and more are also on the 12-album shortlist for this year’s award.

July 26, 2022
Harry Styles and Little Simz lead 2022 Mercury Prize nominees Dia Dipasupil/Tristan Fewings/Getty

The list of nominees for the 2022 Mercury Prize has been revealed with Harry Styles, Little Simz, and Wet Leg set to compete for this year's title. The annual prize rewards one outstanding British album. Last year's prize was won by Arlo Parks for debut album, Collapsed In Sunbeams.

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Other nominated albums on this year's list include efforts from Oscar-nominated actress Jessie Buckley, for her album For All Our Days That Tear the Heart, made in collaboration with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, and punk duo Nova Twins, whose nomination for Supernova marks a rare acknowledgement of heavy rock by the Mercury judges.

See below for a full rundown of the nominated albums. The overall winner of the 2022 Mercury Prize will be announced on September 8 at a London ceremony. The winner is decided by the judging panel on the day of the prizegiving.

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Mercury Prize 2022 nominees:

Fergus McCreadie, Forest Floor
Gwenno, Tresor
Harry Styles, Harry’s House
Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler, For All Our Days That Tear the Heart
Joy Crookes, Skin
Kojey Radical, Reason to Smile
Little Simz, Sometimes I Might be Introvert
Nova Twins, Supernova
Sam Fender, Seventeen Going Under
Self Esteem, Prioritise Pleasure
Wet Leg, Wet Leg
Yard Act, The Overload

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Harry Styles and Little Simz lead 2022 Mercury Prize nominees