The 1975 are among the nominees for this year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize, which have been announced today.
The 2019 ceremony will take place at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London on 19 September and will be broadcast on BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music. Last year’s winners were Wolf Alice for their second album Visions Of A Life.
This judging panel for this year’s Mercury Prize, which includes Stormzy, Annie Mac, Jorja Smith, Clara Amfo, Danielle Perry, Gaz Coombes, Jamie Cullum, Jeff Smith (6 Music & Radio 2), Mike Walsh (Radio X), Phil Alexander (Kerrang), Tshepo Mokoena (Vice.com), Will Hodgkinson (The Times). The chair of the judging panel is Jeff Smith.
The panel said in a collective statement: “This year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize celebrates both the striking diversity of British and Irish music-makers and their shared purpose in exploring issues of identity and belonging at a time of division and disagreement. And all this is done with music of passion, wit, insight, ambition and heart-stirring optimism!”
Geoff Taylor, the Chief Executive of BPI, added: “These 12 albums are essential listening! Our outstanding expert panel has selected the most original, urgent and ambitious British and Irish records of the last twelve months, and I’ll be on tenterhooks with everyone else to find out the final Album of the Year when the judges meet again during the live show on 19 September.”
As well as Wolf Alice, recent winners of the Mercury Prize have included Sampha, Skepta and Benjamin Clementine.
The full list of nominees for the 2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize is as follows:
Anna Calvi – Hunter
Black Midi – Schlagenheim
Cate Le Bon – Reward
Dave – Psychodrama
Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1
Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel
IDLES – Joy as an Act of Resistance
Little Simz – Grey Area
Nao – Saturn
Seed Ensemble – Driftglass
slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain
The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships