The Mercury Prize is the annual award given to the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Last year, Alt-J took home the honors, and other past recipients include The xx, Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, PJ Harvey, Portishead, Primal Scream, Badly Drawn Boy, and Antony and the Johnsons.
The nominees for 2013 were announced today and include David Bowie’s The Next Day, Arctic Monkeys’ AM, James Blake’s Overgrown, Disclosure’s Settle, Savages’ Silence Yourself, Foals’ Holy Fire, Jon Hopkins’ Immunity, and Laura Marling’s Once I Was an Eagle.
The winner will be announced on October 30th and along with bragging rights, the prize includes £20,000.
This year’s shortlist of nominees:
David Bowie’s The Next Day
Arctic Monkeys’ AM
James Blake’s Overgrown
Savages’ Silence Yourself
Foals’ Holy Fire
Laura Marling’s Once I Was an Eagle
Jon Hopkins’ Immunity
Laura Mvula’s Sing to the Moon
Jake Bugg’s Jake Bugg