Stormzy has secured his second Mercury Prize nomination and will go head to head with artists including Charli XCX and Dua Lipa.
he shortlist for the Hyundai Mercury Prize, which recognises the best British album of the year, was narrowed down by 12 judges including Anna Calvi, Annie Mac, Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes, Jamie Cullum, Jorja Smith and Vice.com’s editorial director Tshepo Mokoena.
A statement from the judges said: “In these difficult and uncertain times the Hyundai Mercury Prize is proud to celebrate the remarkable power of music to inspire and exhilarate.
“The albums on the 2020 shortlist showcase a great diversity of sounds, styles, ambitions and experience.
“What these albums share is an irresistible urgency, a belief that their music matters more than ever.”
Geoff Taylor, chief executive of industry body BPI – which organises the Mercury Prize, said: “Extraordinary music for extraordinary times.
“The Mercury Prize is back, reminding us that the creative brilliance of our artists is a constant, even when the world is turned upside down.
“We believe it’s all the more important this year for the Mercury Prize to shine a spotlight on 12 exceptional Albums of the Year, spanning an eclectic gamut of genres and uniting the biggest names in music with the most exciting new talent.
“These records tell stories, dig deep into the personal experiences of their creators and represent the best in contemporary music.
“We congratulate all the shortlisted artists and thank our expert judges and our partners, Hyundai and YouTube Music, for supporting this year’s Prize.”
This year’s nominees were announced on Lauren Laverne’s BBC Radio 6 Music programme.
Last year’s Mercury Prize was won by rapper Dave for his album Psychodrama, fending off competition from nominees including Slowthai, The 1975, Little Simz and Foals.
Organisers say it is likely a live awards show will not happen in September as planned, but the winner will be announced on September 24.
The Mercury Prize nominations in full:
Anna Meredith – FIBS
Charli XCX – How I’m Feeling Now
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
Georgia – Seeking Thrills
Kano – Hoodies All Summer
Lanterns On the Lake – Spook The Herd
Laura Marling – Song For Our Daughter
Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
Moses Boyd – Dark Matter
Porridge Radio – Every Bad
Sports Team – Deep Down Happy
Stormzy – Heavy Is The Head