Fri 26 Jul 2019

Mercury Prize 2019 Nominees Announced

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The Hyundai Mercury Prize celebrates the best in British and Irish music, and this year could be its most diverse yet. There’s clearly a balanced ratio of bands to artists, and males to females, as well as a wide range of genres from post-punk to jazz. This definitely goes to show that this year’s panel are taking a step in the right direction.

The judges this year are Annie Mac (broadcaster/DJ), Clara Amfo (broadcaster/DJ), Danielle Perry (broadcaster/writer), Gaz Coombes (musician/songwriter), Jamie Cullum (musician/broadcaster), Jeff Smith (Head of Music: 6 Music and Radio 2), Jorja Smith (musician/songwriter), Mike Walsh (Head of Music: Radio X), Phil Alexander (Creative Director: Kerrang!/Contributing Editor: Mojo), Stormzy (musician/songwriter), Tshepo Mokoena (Editorial Director: VICE), Will Hodgkinson (Chief Rock & Pop Critic: The Times).

Their decisions will be made public at the awards ceremony which takes place on Thursday 19th September at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. The ceremony will also include live performances from all of the nominees!

The full list of nominees are…

Anna Calvi – Hunter

Released: 31st August 2018

Peak Chart Position: 22

Lead Single: ‘Don’t Beat the Girl Out of My Boy’

Genre: Alt-rock

Black Midi – Schlagenheim

Released: 21st June 2019

Peak Chart Position: 43

Lead Single: ‘Ducter’

Genre: Experimental rock

Cate Le Bon – Reward

Released: 24th May 2019

Peak Chart Position: 86

Lead Single: ‘Daylight Matters’

Genre: Folk

Dave – Psychodrama

Released: 8th March 2019

Peak Chart Position: 1

Lead Single: ‘Black’

Genre: Grime

Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost

Released: 8th March 2019

Peak Chart Position: 2

Lead Single: ‘Exits’

Genre: Indie rock

Fontaines DC – Dogrel

Released: 12th April 2019

Peak Chart Position: 9

Lead Single: ‘Big’

Genre: Post-punk

Idles – Joy As an Act of Resistance

Released: 31st August 2018

Peak Chart Position: 5

Lead Single: ‘Colossus’

Genre: Post-punk

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Little Simz – Grey Area

Released:1st March 2019

Peak Chart Position: 87

Lead Single: ‘Offence’

Genre: Hip hop

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Nao – Saturn

Released: 26th October 2018

Peak Chart Position: 56

Lead Single: ‘Another Lifetime’

Genre: R&B

SEED Ensemble – Driftglass

Released: 8th February 2019

Peak Chart Position: N/A

Lead Single: N/A

Genre: Jazz/African

Slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain

Released: 17th May 2019

Peak Chart Position: 9

Lead Single: ‘Rainbow’

Genre: Grime

The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

Released: 30th November 2018

Peak Chart Position: 1

Lead Single: ‘Give Yourself A Try’

Genre: Pop-rock

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