by VVN Music
David Bowie received a posthumous nomination for the Mercury Prize.
The shortlist has been announced for the annual award that recognizes the best album by a U.K. or Irish artist. According to the award's website "The main objectives of the Mercury Prize are to provide a snapshot of the year in music, to encourage debate and discussion about music, and to help introduce new albums from a variety of musical genres to a wider audience."
This is the first year that the general public will be allowed to select a final nominees from a list of twelve albums. The album that receives the highest number of votes will move to the jury round while the jury will add five more.
Bowie is nominated for his album Blackstar while Radiohead received their record fifth Mercury Prize nomination for A Moon Shaped Pool. They have never won the prize.
The twelve nominated albums:
- Hopelessness - Anohni
- The Bride - Bats for Lashes
- Blackstar - David Bowie
- Making Time - Jamie Woon
- Made in the Manor - Kano
- The Dreaming Room - Laura Mvula
- Love and Hate - Michael Kiwanuka
- A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
- Adore Life - Savages
- Konnichiwa - Skepta
- I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It - The 1975
- Channel the Spirits - The Comet is Coming
- Simon Frith - Professor of Music, Edinburgh University (Facilitator)
- Phil Alexander - Editor-in-Chief, Kerrang!, Mojo and Q
- Clara Amfo – Broadcaster
- Jarvis Cocker - Musician and Songwriter
- Jamie Cullum - Musician and Broadcaster
- Harriet Gibsone - Music News Editor; The Guardian/TheGuardian.com
- Will Hodgkinson - Chief Rock & Pop Critic The Times
- Shahid Khan aka Naughty Boy - Musician, Songwriter and Producer
- Annie Mac - DJ and Broadcaster
- Ellie Rowsell from Wolf Alice - Musician and Songwriter
- Kate Tempest - Musician, Poet and Author
- Jessie Ware - Musician and Songwriter
- Jeff Smith - Head of Music, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 2