Arctic Monkeys, RAYE, Jessie Ware and Fred Again… among 12 shortlisted for 2023 Mercury Prize

The 2023 Mercury Prize shortlist has been announced, with Arctic Monkeys, RAYE, Jessie Ware, and Fred Again… among the 12 albums in contention.

Arctic Monkeys are up for the award for their fifth time, after previously winning in 2006 for their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.

RAYE is nominated for her first Mercury Prize for her album My 21st Century Blues, which she released independently after leaving a major label.

Jessie Ware is nominated for her second Mercury Prize for her album That! Feels Good!

Fred Again… is nominated for his first Mercury Prize for his album Actual Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022), which is part of a trilogy.

The other shortlisted albums are: Ezra Collective – Where I’m Meant To Be, Jockstrap – I Love You Jennifer B, Lankum – False Lankum and Loyle Carner – hugo. Olivia Dean – Messy, Shygirl – Nymph and Young Fathers – Heavy Heavy complete the list.

The winner of the 2023 Mercury Prize will be announced on September 7 at London’s Eventim Apollo.

The ceremony will feature live performances from many of the shortlisted artistes and the evening will culminate in the announcement of the recipient.

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