Mercury Prize Shortlist Announced

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.

Ill Manors by Plan B Mercury Shortlisted

Ill Manors by Plan B shortlisted for Mercury Prize

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

Who is your money on? Let us know by adding a comment below, tweeting us @MusicEyz or posting to the Music Eyz Facebook Page.

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