Mercury Music Prize NomineesPosted on September 13th, 2012 by Lee Jarvis in Music Industry News, Music News
One of the most prestigious awards of the year, the Mercury Music Prize, just announced it’s nominees last night for 2012. The twelve British artists involved represent a wonderful year for homegrown talent, reaching into the far corners of soul, indie, pop, electronic and all kinds of genre-blending music. As the awards themselves say “The twelve albums, share a common sense of adventure, pushing music in fresh and dynamic directions.” The lucky nominees have the chance to join legendary previous winners such as The XX, Elbow, PJ Harvey, Roni Size/Reprazent, Dizzee Rascal, Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, and Talvin Singh. Just being nominated will earn a spike in album sales, such is the reputation of the award.
Established in 1992 as an alternative to the commercial pop of the Brit Awards, the Mercury Prize also has a soft spot for crowning relative unknowns over current music giants – many of the above winners were new on the scene when they won, and beat big names themselves, including Paul Weller, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Radiohead and Coldplay. This year sees a wealth of young musicians nominated, from singer/songrwriters to classic rock bands to hip producers, in what has been an amazing year for British music, and so the competiton is fierce. With no one to overrate or unerstimate, we are excited to hear the winner, but are also happy to celebrate in some wonderful contributions to the world of music.
The Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2012 Albums of the Year
The Maccabees – Given To The Wild
Jessie Ware – Devotion
Roller Trio – Roller Trio
Django Django – Django Django
Field Music – Plumb
Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
Sam Lee – Ground Of Its Own
Richard Hawley – Standing At The Sky’s Edge
Ben Howard – Every Kingdom
Alt-J (∆) – An Awesome Wave
Plan B – Ill Manors
Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough
Stream The Mercury Prize Albums of the Year
Who Do You Think Should Win The 2012 Mercury Prize?
by Lee Jarvis
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