Details of the 2021 Mercury Prize have been revealed earlier this 12 months, with a 12-strong ‘Albums of the 12 months’ shortlist set to be introduced on BBC Radio 6 Music from 11am BST tomorrow (July 22).
The 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize Awards Present will then be held on the Eventim Apollo in London on September 9.
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Forward of the nomination bulletins, Mercury Prize Chairman David Wilkinson mentioned: “It’s been one other tough & difficult 12 months – and we’re grateful to all of the artists & labels which have supported the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize by getting into their albums. Many thanks additionally to the hardworking & devoted judging group who’ve spent the previous few months listening to the entries.
“Creatively that is shaping as much as be an distinctive 12 months for British music – with so many excellent albums launched over the previous 12 months. So selecting simply 12 Albums of the 12 months will likely be a troublesome resolution for the judging group. We’re wanting ahead to the shortlist being introduced on 22 July.”
Toasting Michael Kiwanuka’s 2020 Mercury Prize win, NME known as him a “good, well timed winner,” writing: “It may not be the one Mercury Prize shortlisted album to replicate the occasions we’re going by way of proper now, nevertheless it does so in a method that’s each comforting and pressing, providing assist because it encourages you to struggle for what’s proper.”
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