Mercury Music Prize 2012: Nominees
With the Mercury Music Prize celebrating its twenty first birthday, London’s Hospital Club played host to announce this year’s nominations. Fronted by Lauren Laverne and filled with the industry’s tastemakers and decision makers side by side, this year’s selections did not disappoint…
After an outstanding year in UK music, the panel handpicked who they thought represented what it takes to make a truly great album. The awards can sometimes discount the more commercially known artists in favour of albums that the mainstream’s ears have never touched.
Nominated artists Jessie Ware and Michael Kiwanuka took to the stage giving outstanding performances, showing just how much talent is deeply rooted in the UK scene right now.
Handpicked from 250 of 2012’s releases, the Chair of Judges Simon Frith said: “This year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist showcases a wonderful variety of musical voices, emotions and ambitions. 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.”
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
With the awards hitting The Roundhouse on November 1, it is sure to be a tough call for the judging panel. This year will see the Prize introduce a new series of exclusive one-off gigs featuring the shortlisted artists being held ahead of the Awards Show.
Tickets for the events will be made available through competitions and a special ballot system developed in association with the Prize’s title partner, Barclaycard and The Ticket Factory.
Entry to the gigs will be free, although a donation of £10 will need to be made to War Child in order to secure each pair of tickets. Barclaycard will be matching all donations made using a Barclaycard. Fans can register for more information now!
Words: Carly Wilford (@CarlyWilford)