Annie Mac to announce 2022 Mercury Prize winner this week – Reuters
Annie Macmanus (Mac) will have the honor of announcing the winner of the 2022 Mercury Prize.
The former BBC Radio 1 DJ turned author – who is on the judging panel – was confirmed as a Mercury Prize guest presenter with FREE NOW Awards Show on Thursday evening (08.09.22).
The grand winner of the prestigious music prize will be revealed during the star-studded ceremony at London’s Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.
The main host of the evening is Lauren Laverne, host of “Desert Island Discs”.
Sam Fender and Wet Leg are among the artists confirmed to take the stage.
In addition to the acclaimed “Seventeen Going Under” LP from debut and self-titled LP from indie duo Wet Leg, records from Harry Styles, Little Simz, Self Esteem, Joy Crookes, Fergus McCreadie, Gwenno, Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler, Kojey Radical , Nova Twins and Yard Act were also on the shortlist.
Harry – whose ‘Harry’s House’ LP earned him his first-ever Mercury nod – is unable to perform live due to a US tour, however, the ‘As It Was” pre-recorded a special performance “to celebrate” his record which will be released overnight.
Other artists include Fergus, Gwenno, Jessie and Bernard, Joy, Kojey, Simz, Nova Twins, Self Esteem and Yard Act.
The jury – which includes musicians Anna Calvi, Jamie Cullum and Loyle Carner, and is chaired by Head of Music, 6 Music and Radio 2 Jeff Smith – commented on the selection of albums of the year: “Arriving at 12 albums This year has not been easy, simply because there were so many outstanding albums to choose from.It proves that British and Irish music thrives during volatile times in history, with the albums chosen spanning everything from imaginative pop to pioneering rap to Cornish-language folk.We feel that these 12 incredible albums each have something to say artistically and socially, all in their own unique and enriching way. the really hard part… picking one overall winner.
The award’s broadcast partner, BBC Music, will provide coverage of the event on BBC TV, BBC Radio 6 Music, online and on social media.
Digital partner Amazon Music will provide playlists and programming by the awards show.
The 2021 Mercury Prize has been awarded to Arlo Parks for his highly acclaimed debut studio album “Collapsed in Sunbeams”.
The 2022 Mercury Prize with FREE NOW “Albums of the Year” are:
Fergus McCreadie ‘Forest Floor’
Harry Styles ‘Harry’s House’
Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler “For All Our Heartbreaking Days”
Joy Crookes ‘Skin’
Kojey Radical ‘Reason to Smile’
Little Simz ‘Sometimes I might be introverted’
Nova Twins ‘Supernova’
Sam Fender ‘Seventeen Going Under’
Self-esteem ‘Pleasure first’
Wet leg ‘Wet leg’
Yard Act ‘The Overload’