The annual Mercury Music Prize is an award bestowed on the best album of the year by a British artist, as determined by a panel of industry insiders. The event is always a talking point despite the vague way in which the winner is picked out, and this year will be no exception. The shortlist for the prize has just been announced, with Adele, James Blake, Katy B, PJ Harvey and Elbow likely to be among the favorites. The winner won’t be announced until Sept. 6, which gives us plenty of time to chew over the list below.
Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi
Elbow – Build A Rocket Boys!
James Blake – James Blake
Katy B – On A Mission
Metronomy – The English Riviera
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Tinie Tempah – Disc-Overy
Everything Everything – Man Alive
King Cresote & John Hopkins – Diamond Mine
Adele – 21
Ghost Poet – Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
Gwilym Simcock – Good Days at Schloss Elmau