FILE PHOTO: Arlo Parks poses on the purple carpet as she arrives for the BET Awards at Microsoft theatre in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 27, 2021. REUTERS/Ringo Chiu
July 22, 2021
LONDON (Reuters) – Singer-songwriters Arlo Parks and Celeste, rapper Ghetts and previous winner Wolf Alice are among the many 12 acts within the working for this 12 months’s Mercury Prize, organizers of the British music award stated on Thursday.
First handed out to rockers Primal Scream in 1992, the annual 25,000-pound ($34,385) prize shortlists 12 albums launched by British and Irish acts in the UK previously 12 months.
Thought-about much less mainstream than the annual BRIT Awards, it’s open to all music genres.
Within the working for album of the 12 months are Parks’ debut “Collapsed in Sunbeams”, composer Hannah Peel’s “Fir Wave”, and “Guarantees”, digital music artist Floating Factors’ collaboration with Pharoah Sanders and The London Symphony Orchestra.
Jazz musician Nubya Garcia is nominated for debut album “Supply”, as are rappers Ghetts for “Battle of Curiosity” and Berwyn for his debut mixtape “Demotape/Vega”.
Rock bands Mogwai and Black Nation, New Highway are nominated for “As The Love Continues” and debut album “For the First Time” respectively. Wolf Alice, who received the Mercury Prize in 2018, are nominated for his or her chart-topping file “Blue Weekend”.
Singer-songwriters Celeste’s chart-topping debut “Not Your Muse” and Laura Mvula’s “Pink Noise”, in addition to elusive music collective Sault’s “Untitled (Rise)”, full the listing.
“It’s testomony to the energy of British music that, throughout a 12 months which noticed musicians face the hardest challenges of their lives, so many exceptional albums got here out nonetheless,” this 12 months’s judges stated in a press release.
“There was a humiliation of riches for this 12 months’s Hyundai Mercury Prize judges to select from, however the closing twelve present how various, vibrant and far-reaching British music continues to be.”
This judging panel for the 2021 prize, which might be handed out on Sept. 9 at an awards present in London, consists of final 12 months’s winner Michael Kiwanuka, musician Jamie Cullum, singer Anna Calvi and DJ Annie Mac. ($1 = 0.7271 kilos)
(Reporting by Mindy Burrows and Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian, Enhancing by Timothy Heritage)