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Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Gwenno, Manic Street Preachers Among Names On Welsh Music Prize Shortlist

Monday, 03 October 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Lily Brown

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard (pictured), Cate Le Bon, Gwenno, and Manic Street Preachers are among the nominees for this year's Welsh Music Prize.

The award recognizes the best in creativity from the burgeoning Welsh music scene, as well as music made by Welsh people around the world.

For its 12th year, the shortlist includes 15 albums: Adwaith - 'Bato Mato', Art School Girlfriend - 'Is It Light Where You Are', Bryde - 'Still', Breichiau Hir - 'Hir Oes I'r Cof', Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard - 'Backhand Deals', Cate Le Bon - 'Pompeii', Carwyn Ellis and Rio 18 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales - 'Yn Rio', Dead Method - 'Future Femme', Danielle Lewis - 'Dreaming In Slow Motion', Don Leisure - 'Shaboo Strikes Back', Gwenno - 'Tresor', Lemfreck - 'The Pursuit', Manic Street Preachers - 'The Ultra Vivid Lament', Papur Wal - 'Amser Mynd Adra', and Sywel Nyw - 'Deuddeg'.

Past winners include Adwaith, Boy Azooga, Deyah, Gruff Rhys, and Gwenno. The 2021 prize went to vocalist and producer Kelly Lee Owens for 'Inner Song'. 

This year's winner will be announced at a ceremony at Wales Millennium Centre on October 26, presented by BBC Radio 1 presenter Sian Eleri. For the first time, the event will take place with a live public audience as part of Llais—formerly known as the Festival Of Voice—an annual international arts festival held in the city. There will also be performances by some of the shortlisted artists.

Welsh Music Prize Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Wed October 26 2022 - CARDIFF Wales Millenium Centre

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