Harry Styles has received Mercury Prize with FREE NOW nomination for the first time. Harry Styles’s latest album, ‘Harry’s House,’ has been shortlisted for the music award.
Sam Fender’s ‘Seventeen Going Under’ and Little Simz’ ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’ have also been nominated for the prestigious award, which will be held on September 8 at London’s Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.
Self Esteem, Joy Crookes, Fergus McCreadie, Gwenno, Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler, Kojey Radical, Nova Twins, Wet Leg, and Yard Act have also been nominated for the award.
“Getting down to 12 albums this year was difficult, simply because there were so many remarkable ones to choose from. That serves as proof that British and Irish music thrives during unsettled periods in history, with the albums chosen covering everything from imaginative pop to pioneering rap to Cornish language folk-rock,” the judging panel said.
“We feel these 12 amazing albums each have something to say artistically and socially, all in their unique, enriching ways. Now comes the really hard part… choosing only one overall winner,” the panel added.
The judging panel consists of musicians Anna Calvi, Jamie Cullum, and Loyle Carner and is chaired by Head of Music, 6 Music, and Radio 2 Jeff Smith.
The top 10 ‘Albums of the Year’ Award Shortlist:
Fergus McCreadie – ‘Forest Floor’
Gwenno – ‘Tresor’
Harry Styles – ‘Harry’s House’
Jessie Buckley and 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’