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CVC, John Cale, H. Hawkline And Stella Donnelly Among Names On Welsh Music Prize Shortlist

Monday, 11 September 2023 Written by Jon Stickler

CVC (pictured), John Cale, H. Hawkline and Stella Donnelly are among the nominees for this year's Welsh Music Prize.

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

For its 13th year, the shortlist includes 15 albums that were selected by judges Dave Acton (Larynx Entertainment), Huw Baines (Stereoboard/The Guardian/NME/Kerrang), Tegwen Bruce Deans (music journalist), Mirain Iwerydd (BBC Radio Cymru), Nest Jenkins (ITV Cymru Wales Backstage) and Eddy Temple Morris (Virgin Radio). Check out the full list below:

  • Cerys Hafana – 'Edyf'
  • CVC - 'Get Real'
  • Dafydd Owain - 'Uwch Dros Y Pysgod'
  • H Hawkline - 'Milk For Flowers'
  • Hyll - 'Sŵn O Stafell Arall'
  • Ivan Moult - 'Songs From Severn Grove'
  • John Cale – 'Mercy'
  • Mace The Great – 'SplottWorld'
  • Minas - 'All My Love Has Failed Me'
  • Overmono - 'Good Lies'
  • Rogue Jones - 'Dos Bebés'
  • Sister Wives - 'Y Gawres'
  • Stella Donnelly – 'Flood'
  • Sŵnami - 'Sŵnamii'
  • YNYS – 'Ynys'

Welsh Music Prize co-founder, Huw Stephens commented:

"This year’s shortlist is another great collection of albums from Wales. The Welsh Music Prize is a globally recognized award and an important part of Wales’ music calendar, and this year’s line-up at the Welsh Music Prize promises to make it a very special night."

Past winners include Kelly Lee Owens, Boy Azooga, Deyah, Gruff Rhys, and Gwenno. The 2022 prize went to trio Adwaith for 'Bato Mato', who scooped the award for the second time, having first won in 2019 for their debut album, 'Melyn'. 

This year's winner will be announced at a ceremony at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff on October 10, presented by BBC Radio 1 presenter Sian Eleri. The event will once again take place with a live public audience as part of Llais international arts festival, and will include performances by some of the shortlisted artists.


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