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Arlo Parks, Celeste, Ghetts, Laura Mvula, Mogwai And Wolf Alice Among Mercury Prize Nominees

Thursday, 22 July 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Alex Waespi

The nominations for the 2021 Mercury Prize have been revealed.

Arlo Parks (pictured) has been put forward for her debut album 'Collapsed In Sunbeams', Ghetts is in the running with his third full-length 'Conflict Of Interest', Laura Mvula for her 1980s-inspired 'Pink Noise', and Wolf Alice for 'Blue Weekend', with the winner set to succeed Michael Kiwanuka. Check out the full list below:

Arlo Parks – 'Collapsed in Sunbeams'
Berwyn – 'Demotape/Vega'
Black Country, New Road – 'For the First Time'
Celeste – 'Not Your Muse'
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra – 'Promises'
Ghetts – 'Conflict of Interest'
Hannah Peel – 'Fir Wave'
Laura Mvula – 'Pink Noise'
Mogwai – 'As the Love Continues'
Nubya Garcia – 'Source'
Sault – 'Untitled (Rise)'
Wolf Alice – 'Blue Weekend'

The winner will be announced during a live ceremony at London's Eventim Apollo on September 9. The judges are Anna Calvi, Annie Mac, Danielle Perry, Gemma Cairney, Hazel Wilde, Jamie Cullum, Jeff Smith, Michael Kiwanuka, Mike Walsh, Phil Alexander, Tshepo Mokoena, and Will Hodgkinson, with Jeff Smith as The Chair of the panel. They said:

"It is testament to the strength of British music that, during a year which saw musicians face the toughest challenges of their lives, so many remarkable albums came out nonetheless. There was an embarrassment of riches for this year's Hyundai Mercury Prize judges to choose from, but the final twelve show how diverse, vibrant and far-reaching British music continues to be. Choosing one winner out of twelve albums that bring so much hope for the future will be a challenge indeed."

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