The 2016 nominations for the coveted Mercury Music Prize have been announced this morning and feature not one but 2 British Grime artists. Both Skepta and Kano have been shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize – although this year there’s one difference – only 6 of the shortlisted albums will go to the final round.
The 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ nominated 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’ and The Comet Is Coming – ‘Channel the Spirits’.
Speaking about the shortlist, the judging panel said “This is music to make sense of our unsettling times – heartfelt, angry, thoughtful and thrilling. The 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ are marked by their musical ambitions, unexpected instrumentation and breathtaking arrangements.”
The Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ have always held a place as the most critically acclaimed albums in UK music, and recognise artistic achievement across an eclectic range of contemporary music genres.
For the first time, music fans will be brought in on the voting and be enabled to select the first of six 2016 finalists from the 12 ‘Albums of the Year’. The five remaining finalists on the shortlist will be chosen by the Judging panel with the overall winner judged 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 online vote is opens at 12 noon today, which will enable music fans to select the first of six 2016 finalists from the 12 ‘Albums of the Year’. To vote visit www.mercuryprize.com