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Here are the nominees for this year’s Mercury Music Prize 2021

Here are the nominees for this year’s Mercury Music Prize 2021

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The shortlist for the annual Mercury Music Prize 2021 has just been announced on Lauren Laverne’s BBC Radio 6 show today and these are the 12 albums nominated.

  • Arlo Parks – ‘Collapsed in Sunbeams’
  • BERWYN – ‘DEMOTAPE/VEGA’
  • Black Country, New Road – ‘For the first time’
  • Celeste – ‘Not Your Muse’
  • Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra – ‘Promises’
  • Ghetts – ‘Conflict of Interest’
  • Hannah Peel – ‘Fir Wave’
  • Laura Mvula – ‘Pink Noise’
  • Mogwai – ‘As the Love Continues’
  • Nubya Garcia – ‘SOURCE’
  • SAULT – ‘Untitled (Rise)’
  • Wolf Alice – ‘Blue Weekend’

First impressions are: great to see Sault, Floating Points / Pharoah Sanders and Ghetts on the list. The Hannah Peel album is great too! Always good to see a long-standing artist like Mogwai feature.

Biggest exclusion? Dry Cleaning (if they entered). No Black Midi either.


The overall winner of the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize will be announced on Thursday 9 September at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.

Albums by British artists with a UK release date between 18 July 2020 and 16 July 2021 are eligible for the 2021 Prize, though previous years Irish albums were eligible, though it’s not clear whether there is a change this year to exclude Irish artists.

If they were eligible, you would have expected nods for either Fontaines DC or For Those I Love.

As ever, all nominated albums have to be entered for consideration by the label or artist.

Here are this year’s judges:

Anna Calvi – Musician & Songwriter; 
Annie Mac – Broadcaster & DJ; 
Danielle Perry – Broadcaster & Writer;
 Gemma Cairney – Broadcaster & DJ; 
Hazel Wilde (from Lanterns on the Lake) – Musician & Songwriter; 
Jamie Cullum – Musician & Broadcaster; 
Jeff Smith – Head of Music, 6 Music & Radio 2; 
Michael Kiwanuka – Musician & Songwriter;
 Mike Walsh – Music Consultant; 
Phil Alexander – Creative Director, Kerrang!/Contributing Editor, Mojo;
Tshepo Mokoena – Editorial Director, VICE.com; 
Will Hodgkinson – Chief Rock & Pop Critic, The Times.

The Chair of the judging panel is Jeff Smith.