The Mercury Prize–or more correctly, the Barclaycard Mercury Prize–is the annual cash award given out in the UK for the album judged to be the best of the last twelve month, regardless of genre or commercial success. It’s what our own Polaris Music Prize is based on.
The short list for this year’s prize has been announced. And you might recognize a few names–one in particular:
Arctic Monkeys, AM
David Bowie, The Next Day
Foals, Holy Fire
Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg
Jon Hopkins, Immunity
Laura Marling, Once I Was an Eagle
Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon
Savages, Silence Yourself
The winner will be announced October 30. Read more at Rolling Stone.