Since its creation in 1992, The Mercury Prize has been one of the top awards for UK musicians. The Mercury Prize is seen as a sort of alternative Brit Awards and has often been the first step on the ladder to greatness for a number of upcoming UK artists. Previous winners include Suede, Pulp, PJ Harvey, Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, Elbow, The XX and James Blake.
There is only a few weeks left until we find out who the 2016 winner of the Mercury Prize will be. Last years prestigious award went to London born singer Benjamin Clementine for his powerful album ‘At Least For Now’.
Lets take a look at this years shortlist:
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’
So far, both Radiohead and David Bowie are strong favourites to take the award. Radiohead’s ‘A Moon Shape Pool’ has already topped plenty of polls as the best album of 2016 and the Oxford five piece are yet to win a Mercury Prize despite being nominated four times in previous years. Thom York was also nominated in 2006 for his solo album ‘The Eraser’.
Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ is also a fantastic album, and one of the singers best in decades. If Bowie (who is the bookies favourite) wins the prize it will be the first time it has been awarded posthumously. Bowie was previously nominated for the award in 2002 for his album ‘Heathen’ and 2013 for ‘The Next Day’.