Although Covid-19 has jeopardised the likelihood of having a live awards show, the Mercury Prize Awards have already made history with their shortlist of the 12 Albums of the Year being dominated by female-fronted artists or bands.
This is the first year in the award show’s history where there has been a higher proportion of female-fronted artists than male-fronted, and the nominees are particularly outstanding. The full list is below.
- Anna Meredith – FIBS
- Charli XCX – How I’m Feeling Now
- Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
- Georgia – Seeking Thrills
- Lanterns on the Lake – Spook the Herd
- Laura Marling – Songs For Our Daughter
- Kano – Hoodies All Summer
- Michael Kiwanuka – KIWANUKA
- Moses Boyd – Dark Matter
- Porridge Radio – Every Bad
- Sports Team – Deep Down Heavy
- Stormzy – Heavy Is The Head
As it’s likely the live award show will not be able to go ahead this September, the Hyundai Mercury Prize will be announced on September 24th and BBC will be providing a range of TV and radio coverage of the prize. More details are due to follow throughout the year.
Stay in the loop with any updates for the Hyundai Mercury Prize’s plans here.