2012 Mercury Prize Shortlist Announced
The Mercury Prize has been going for years. Its one of those awards that you either love or hate. Technically it provides the supreme critical acclaim for the album of the year. Others argue it is a minor award given by self-important industry busy bodies. Either way, it is an award that the music industry itself gives some credit to.
The twelve finalists for this years awards has been announced and includes the likes of Plan B, The Maccabees and Michael Kiwankuka, all vying to be named album of the year.
The shortlist, chosen from an entry of over 250 albums, was announced by Lauren Laverne tonight at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden. The 250 albums are from acts that have paid a novice sum to be considered.
“This year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist showcases a wonderful variety of musical voices, emotions and ambitions”, says Simon Frith, Chair of Judges.
“There are eight debut albums on the list and four albums from more established artists. The sheer range of music here celebrates the abiding ability of British musicians to find new ways to explore traditional themes of love and loss while making an exhilarating soundtrack for life in 2012.”
Unlike previous years, the Mercury prize is preluded by a series of one-off gigs from the eight shortlisted artists. The final awards ceremony is held on 1 November.
The 2012 Albums of the Year are:
Alt-J An Awesome Wave
Ben Howard Every Kingdom
Django Django Django Django
Field Music Plumb
Jessie Ware Devotion
Lianne La Havas Is Your Love Big Enough?
Michael Kiwanuka Home Again
Plan B Ill Manors
Richard Hawley Standing at the Sky’s Edge
Roller Trio Roller Trio
Sam Lee Ground of its Own
The Maccabees Given to the Wild