23 July 2020 12:36
The nominees for 2020's Mercury Prize have been unveiled, with genres spanning from pop and grime, to rock and jazz-inspired dance. The Mercury Prize celebrates British musicians, recognising the 12 best albums of the year since 1992. All 12 artists receive an album of the year trophy, as well as their profile being increased, with the overall winner receiving a winners trophy and a cash prize of £25,000. Her classical work has led her to receiving an MBE for her services to music, and FIBS is Meredith's second solo album, filled with vibrant sounds. Her first, Varmints, was received to widespread critical acclaim, and won the 2016 Scottish Album Of The Year Award.
Charli XCX has written some of the best known Top 40 records, but in recent years has honed her own unique sound, combining pop sensibilities with wild, futuristic production. Her fourth album, how i'm feeling now, came out less than a year after her third record Charli. The record pays tribute to the past of the genre, with Lipa saying it was inspired by artists like Outkast and Madonna. Georgia's second album, Seeking Thrills, is a feel-good set of tracks about the odd bits of clubbing, with the musician saying the single About Work The Dancefloor was inspired by a trip to Berlin. He's also no stranger to the Mercury Prize - his last album, Made In The Manor, was nominated in 2017, and was a top 10 hit.
Upon release in June this year, Deep Down Happy, the debut album by indie band Sports Team, was prevented from topping the charts only by Lady Gaga's Chromatica. Grime star Stormzy scores his second Mercury Prize nomination after a bumper two years, headlining Glastonbury and launching his own publishing imprint #MerkyBooks. The Mercury Prize nominees are in and Dua Lipa, Stormzy and Charli XCX are among those to make the cut (Picture: Getty) Stormzy, Dua Lipa and Charli XCX are among the artists nominated for this year's Hyundai Mercury Prize awards. Lauren Laverne did the honours of announcing the shortlist on her BBC Radio 6 Music show on Thursday morning. Singer Dua Lipa has received a nod for her second album, the disco-led Future Nostalgia, which earned the pop star her first UK number one album in March.
Earning his second ever Mercury Prize nomination, rapper Stormzy made the shortlist with his well-received album Heavy Is The Head. Joining him is fellow rapper Kano, whose critically-acclaimed Hoodies All Summer will be competing for the coveted prize fund. Like Stormzy, it's his second time being nominated for a Mercury Prize – he first received a nod in 2016 for Made In The Manor. Charli XCX's fourth studio album How I'm Feeling Now has received a nod for her third studio album. She told Laura: 'It feels crazy being put on the shortlist for the Mercury Prize. Laura Marling received a nod with her album Song For Our Daughter, becoming the fourth time the musician has been shortlisted. 'It's been an astonishing year for music… it's a brilliant time to listen to music over the last few months so I think people will have a stronger magnitude to what we've been through.' Charli XCX has received a nod with How I'm Feeling Now (Picture: Atlantic Records, Asylum) Kano's album Hoodies All Summer is his second Mercury Prize nod (Picture: WireImage) Laura Marling has been shortlisted for the fourth time (Picture: Redferns) Other albums nominated include Anna Meredith's Fibs, Georgia's 24 Hours, Michael Kiwanuka's Kiwanuka, Lanterns on the Lake, Spook The Herd, Moses Boyd's Dark Matter, Porridge Radio's Every Bad and Sports Team's Deep Down Happy. It was previously confirmed that this year's Mercury Prize judges include BBC Radio 1 presenter Annie Mac, Anna Calvi, Jorja Smith, Jamie Cullum and Gemma Cairney. Creatively the past year has been an amazing year for British music – so choosing just 12 albums of the year will be tough for the judging team.' Albums which are eligible for this year's prize are ones from British artists with a UK release date between 20 July 2019 and 17 July 2020. Rapper Dave won last year's coveted Mercury Prize for his phenomenal album Psychodrama. A date for this year's Mercury Prize ceremony is yet to be confirmed. Mercury Prize 2020 nominations in full Anna Meredith - Fibs Charli XCX - How I'm Feeling Now Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia Georgia - 24 Hours Kano - Hoodies All Summer Lanterns on the Lake - Spook The Herd Laura Marling - Song For Our Daughter Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka Moses Boyd - Dark Matter Porridge Radio - Every Bad Sports Team - Deep Down Happy Stormzy - Heavy Is The Head Stormzy has secured his second Mercury Prize nomination and will go head to head with artists including Dua Lipa, Laura Marling and Michael Kiwanuka. The grime star and Glastonbury headliner's second album, Heavy Is The Head, is among the 12-strong shortlist for the prestigious prize. His chart-topping debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer, was nominated in 2017. Stormzy is among the musicians shortlisted for this year's Mercury Prize (PA) Lipa secures her first Mercury Prize nod for Future Nostalgia, her critically acclaimed and disco-influenced second album. North London singer-songwriter Kiwanuka is nominated for his self-titled third album, meaning all three of his studio albums have now made the Mercury Prize shortlist. Marling lands her fourth Mercury Prize nomination for Song For Our Daughter, while Kano gets his second for Hoodies All Summer. Moses Boyd, Porridge Radio, Sports Team, Lanterns On The Lake, Georgia and Charli XCX all secure their first nominations. The shortlist for the Hyundai Mercury Prize, which recognises the best British album of the year, was narrowed down by 12 judges including Anna Calvi, Annie Mac, Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes, Jamie Cullum, Jorja Smith and Vice.com's editorial director Tshepo Mokoena. A statement from the judges said: "In these difficult and uncertain times the Hyundai Mercury Prize is proud to celebrate the remarkable power of music to inspire and exhilarate. "The albums on the 2020 shortlist showcase a great diversity of sounds, styles, ambitions and experience. "What these albums share is an irresistible urgency, a belief that their music matters more than ever." Geoff Taylor, chief executive of industry body BPI – which organises the Mercury Prize, said: "Extraordinary music for extraordinary times. "We believe it's all the more important this year for the Mercury Prize to shine a spotlight on 12 exceptional Albums of the Year, spanning an eclectic gamut of genres and uniting the biggest names in music with the most exciting new talent. "We congratulate all the shortlisted artists and thank our expert judges and our partners, Hyundai and YouTube Music, for supporting this year's Prize." This year's nominees were announced on Lauren Laverne's BBC Radio 6 Music programme. Last year's Mercury Prize was won by rapper Dave for his album Psychodrama, fending off competition from nominees including Slowthai, The 1975, Little Simz and Foals. The Mercury Prize nominations in full: The nominations for the 2020 Mercury Prize have been revealed – with the likes of Dua Lipa, Stormzy and Charli XCX leading the acts vying for the prestigious £25,000 prize. Lipa has been nominated for her acclaimed second album 'Future Nostalgia', while Charli XCX will compete with 'How I'm Feeling Now' – her fourth album which was recorded entirely during lockdown at her Los Angeles home studio. Stormzy's nomination for 'Heavy Is The Head', his second album, also marks his first ever Mercury Prize nod. Other nominations for the award – which is considered to be the most coveted prize in British and Irish music – include the likes of Michael Kiwanuka, Porridge Radio and Sports Team. MERCURY PRIZE 2020 NOMINEES Charli XCX – 'how i'm feeling now' The judges said: "In these difficult and uncertain times the Hyundai Mercury Prize is proud to celebrate the remarkable power of music to inspire and exhilarate. The albums on the 2020 shortlist showcase a great diversity of sounds, styles, ambitions and experience. What these albums share is an irresistible urgency, a belief that their music matters more than ever."