The Mercury Prize, the UK’s analogue to our Polaris Music Prize, has released its shortlist for this year. And just like Polaris, the winner (who will get a cheque for £25,000) will be decided by a jury of music wonks with results announced on September 24. This year’s event will be the first to be broadcast globally via YouTube.
Anna Meredith – Fibs
Charli XCX – How I’m Feeling Now
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
Georgia – Seeking Thrills
Kano – Hoodies All Summer
Lanterns on the Lake – Spook the Herd
Laura Marling – Song for Our Daughter
Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
Moses Boyd – Dark Matter
Porridge Radio – Every Bad
Sports Team – Deep Down Happy
Stormzy – Heavy is the Head
Some background on this year’s awards can be found here.