2022 Mercury Awards: Full Nominations | New

Full nominations for this year Mercury Prize with FREE NOW were announced.

The annual award toasts the best in British and Irish music, using albums as the focal point. Winner of last year Arlo Parks received a stellar boost to his profile, with his debut album ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’ fittingly waltzing with the price.

The Mercury Prize returns in 2022, the jury meeting to sift through a multitude of versions. For greater clarity, the jury is composed of:

Anna Calvi – Musician and songwriter; Annie MacManus – Broadcaster and DJ; Danielle Perry – host and writer; Hazel Wilde (of Lanterns on the Lake) – Musician and songwriter; Jamie Cullum – Musician and broadcaster; Jamz Supernova – Broadcaster and DJ; Jeff Smith – Head of Music, 6 Music & Radio 2; Lea Stonhill – Music Programmer, Radio X; Loyle Carner – Musician and songwriter; Phil Alexander – Creative Director, Kerrang!/Contributing Editor, Mojo; Tshepo Mokoena – Music Writer and Author; Will Hodgkinson – Chief Rock & Pop Critic, The Times. The president of the jury is Jeff Smith.

The shortlist was shared live on 6Music, with the panel adding:

Getting to 12 albums this year wasn’t easy, simply because there were so many standout albums to choose from. It proves that British and Irish music thrives during volatile times in history, with the albums chosen covering everything from imaginative pop to pioneering rap and Cornish-language folk-rock. We believe these 12 incredible albums each have something to say artistically and socially, all in their own unique and rewarding way. Now comes the really hard part… picking a single overall winner.

Fergus McCreadie ‘Forest Floor’
Gwenno ‘Treasure’
Harry Styles “Harry’s House”
Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler “For All Our Heartrending Days”
Joy Crookes ‘Skin’
Kojey Radical ‘Reason to smile’
Little Simz “Sometimes I could be introverted”
Nova Twins ‘Supernova’
Sam Fender “Seventeen Below”
Self love “Pleasure First”
wet leg “Wet Leg”
Court Act “The Overload”

The winner of the 2022 Mercury Prize will be announced on September 8 at a special ceremony at London’s Apollo event.

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