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Here’s the short list for the 2023 Mercury Prize

The Mercury Prize (the inspiration for Canada’s Polaris Prize) seeks to determine the best album in the UK from the last year regardless of commercial success or genre. The short list of 12 finalists is now out.

  • Arctic Monkeys – The Car
  • Ezra Collective – Where I’m Meant To Be
  • Fred Again – Actual Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022)
  • J Hus – Beautiful And Brutal Yard
  • Jessie Ware – That! Feels Good!
  • Jockstrap – I Love You Jennifer B
  • Lankum – False Lankum
  • Loyle Carner – Hugo
  • Olivia Dean – Messy
  • Raye – My 21st Century Blues
  • Shygirl – Nymph
  • Young Fathers – Heavy Heavy

The winner will be determined by a panel of UK music experts. The winner will be named during a ceremony on September 7 at the Hammersmith Apollo in London.

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