Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to introduce you to the short list of this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Awards and some of the best of the best from across the pond were honored today when the list was revealed at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, London.
The awards which are supposedly chosen by a panel of music critics and industry experts, revealed the 12 albums made the final cut of this year’s list.
David Bowie and his new album The Next Day, made the list as well as the Arctic Monkeys’ newest effort AM. Other nominees also include Jake Bugg with his self-titled, debut album and Foal’s with Holy Fire.
The original list for the awards included about 250 albums which dwindled down thanks to the help of those unnamed critics and experts.
The winner of the award will be announced on October 30 at the Mercury Prize Award Show due to take place at the Roundhouse.
Check out all the artists with their albums below as well as what the judges had to say about them and what it was about them that led to the decision.
BARCLAYCARD MERCURY AWARDS NOMINEES:
Arctic Monkeys – AM
“AM is a bold new chapter in the Arctic Monkeys’ story – sonically gripping, lyrically involving and brilliantly performed.”
David Bowie – The Next Day
“David Bowie celebrates his legendary songwriting ability with panache and a remarkable sense of urgency.”
Disclosure – Settle
“A joyous pop record for clubbers; an infectious dance record for pop fans.”
Foals – Holy Fire
“A wonderfully dynamic album – ambitious, intelligent and rhythmically compelling.”
Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
“Fluent, restless, acutely observed songs of teenage life in contemporary Britain.”
James Blake – Overgrown
“Late night music for the digital age. An inventive, poignant and poetic record of great beauty.”
Jon Hopkins – Immunity
“An electronic world of wonder – delicate, eventful and utterly absorbing.”
Laura Marling – Once I Was
Last year, Alt-J took home the prize for their album, An Awesome Wave. With that being said, who do you think will take the award home this year?