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Here is the shortlist for the 2018 Mercury Music Prize. That’s the next awards program on the schedule

Now that Canada is done with the Polaris Music Prize for another year, it’s time to turn our attention to Britain’s Mercury Prize.

Just as we saw with Canada, some 200 albums have been voted down to a short list of 12. The winner will be chosen by a grand jury consisting of music wonks from across the UK and Ireland. The goal is to name the best album of the last year regardless of genre or commercial success.

Here are the finalists in alphabetical order. The winner will be named Thursday night (September 20).

Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Everything Everything – A Fever Dream

Everything Is Recorded – Everything Is Recorded

Florence & The Machine – High As Hope

Jorja Smith – Lost & Found

King Krule – The Ooz

Lily Allen – No Shame

Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built The Moon?

Novelist – Novelist Guy

Sons Of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile

Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life

Naturally, the bookies are taking bets on who will win.

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