The Mercury Prize, awarded each year to the best album from the UK and Ireland, has announced its 2012 nominees.
And the 2012 nominees are: The Maccabees, Jessie Ware, Django Django, Roller Trio, Field Music, Richard Hawley, Michael Kiwanuka, Sam Lee, Ben Howard, Lianne La Havas, Alt J, and Plan B.
Nominations are chosen by a panel of musicians, music executives, journalists and other music industry figures. While nominations and the winner are traditionally announced in July and September, respectively, this year’s schedule was shifted to September and November. The Awards Show will take place at the Roundhouse on November 1, with a series of live gigs featuring the shortlisted artists appearing on Channel 4.
Last year, PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake bested a field that included Adele’s 21 and James Blake’s self-titled debut. The entire 2012 shortlist (and odds of winning, courtesy The Guardian), is below.
Plan B – Ill Manors
Richard Hawley – Standing at the Sky’s Edge
Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
Django Django – Django Django
Jessie Ware – Devotion
The Maccabees – Given to the Wild
Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?
Ben Howard – Every Kingdom
Sam Lee – Ground of its Own
Field Music – Plumb
Roller Trio – Roller Trio