(In the history of the award, which dates to 1992, Radiohead is the top nominee, with five nods. Arctic Monkeys, Laura Marling and PJ Harvey are runners-up with four nods each.)
Three of this year’s finalists – Not Your Muse, Blue Weekend and Mogwai’s As the Love Continues — have reached No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart. Mogwai has a long history on that chart. The band first charted in 1997. As the Love Continues is the band’s 15th chart album.
Albums by British artists with a U.K. release date between July 18, 2020 and July, 16 2021 are eligible for the 2021 prize.
The 2021 awards show will take place on Sept. 9 at London’s Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. BBC Music will provide coverage of the ceremony across TV, radio, online and social media.
Here’s the Hyundai Mercury Prize 2021 shortlist:
Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams, Transgressive
Berwyn – Demotape/Vega
Black Country, New Road – For the First Time, Ninja Tune
Celeste – Not Your Muse, Polydor
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra – Promises, Luaka Bop
Ghetts – Conflict of Interest, Warner Bros.
Hannah Peel – Fir Wave, My Own Pleasure
Laura Mvula – Pink Noise, Atlantic
Mogwai – As the Love Continues, Rock Action
Nubya Garcia – Source, Concord
SAULT – Untitled (Rise), Forever Living Originals
Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend, Dirty Hit