2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize Albums of the Year revealed

2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize Albums of the Year revealed

The 2016 Mercury Prize Albums of the Year shortlist was revealed at a launch event, hosted by 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny, earlier today with the likes of Kano, Skepta and David Bowie making the list.

It was also announced live on Lauren Laverne’s show on BBC Radio 6 Music.

The judging panel said in a joint statement that the selected albums are "music to make sense of our unsettling times - heartfelt, angry, thoughtful and thrilling".

The albums are:

Anohni - Hopelessness

Bat For Lashes - The Bride

David Bowie - Blackstar

Jamie Woon - Making Time

Kano - Made in the Manor

Laura Mvula - The Dreaming Room

Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Savages - Adore Life

Skepta - Konnichiwa

The 1975 - I Like It When You sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It

The Comet Is Coming - Channel The Spirits

Added the judging panel: "The 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize Albums of the Year are marked by their musical ambitions, unexpected instrumentation and breathtaking arrangements.”

The Hyundai Mercury Prize Albums of the Year celebrate and promote the best of UK music, recognising artistic achievement across an eclectic range of contemporary music genres.

The online vote is now open, which will enable music fans to select the first of six 2016 finalists from the 12 Albums of the Year. To vote visit www.mercuryprize.com

The shortlist, five remaining finalists and overall winner are chosen by the Hyundai Mercury Prize Judging Panel, based solely on artistic merit.

The six finalists and the overall winner will be announced as part of the 2016 Awards Show, which will take place on Thursday September 15, at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.

The event will feature live performances from the shortlisted artists and will culminate in the announcement of the overall winner of the 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize for Album of the Year.

For the second year BBC Music is the official UK broadcast partner and will be providing live television and radio coverage of the event on BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music with additional content at bbc.co.uk/music and via the BBC Music app.

FOLLOW Murray Stassen
Music Week Radar, 26th May 2016

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