David Bowie has been ranked as the joint favorite for this year’s Mercury Music Prize, following his return to music with a first album in ten years. Past winners, The Arctic Monkeys join Bowie as the favorites to scoop the prize for their fifth album, ‘AM.’ In total there are twelve acts nominated for the award, including seven acts who have previously featured on the shortlist since the prize was launched in 1992.
Included in the nominations are Bowie, The Arctic Monkeys, singer-songwriter Laura Marling, Foals, James Blake, Villagers,
Savages, Laura Mvula, Rudimental, Jake Bugg and Disclosure. The acts are drawn from 220 albums submitted to the judging panel. The award, which includes a £20,000 prize for best album of the year is open to British and Irish acts, and will be awarded on October 30 in a ceremony at the Roundhouse in London.
Chairman of the judging panel Simon Frith said: “This year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist celebrates a fascinating year for British and Irish music, marked by a wonderful range of musical voices – urgent, reflective, upbeat and tender, acoustic and electronic, and all with something intriguing to say.”