Harry Styles and Sam Fender among artists battling for 2022 Mercury Prize

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Harry Styles, Sam Fender and Little Simz are among the artists in the running for the prestigious Mercury Prize.

Ten of the 12 artists in the running for the prize, which rewards the best British album of the year, are nominated for the first time.

Former One Direction star turned solo artist Styles, 28, received a nomination for his third studio album, Harry’s housewhile Little Simz earned another Mercury Prize nomination this year for Sometimes I could be introverted – having also made the shortlist of 2019 with his album Gray area.

Fender, 28, has been nominated for his second album seventeen below. It won the UK’s Best Alternative Rock Band award and also received the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for its classic rock-inspired title track.

Also among the nominees is Wet Leg. Hailing from the Isle of Wight, the duo made headlines with their performance at Glastonbury earlier this year and received a nomination for their self-titled debut album.

British pop singer Self Esteem has been nominated for her second studio album, Prioritize pleasurewhich was named the best album of 2021 by a number of outlets, including The Guardian and The Sunday Times.

Rock duo Nova Twins have made the final selection of nominees for their album Supernovawhile Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie is nominated for the album forest floor following the much appreciated Cairn released last year.

This year’s awards show will feature a variety of live performances from all nominees except for Styles, who will not be attending Thursday night’s ceremony due to his current US tour.

Instead of Styles attending the event in person, a live filmed performance will be presented to celebrate his album.

The show will be hosted by DJ and radio host Lauren Laverne, while Irish presenter and DJ Annie Mac will be the guest presenter.

Mac, 44, is also a member of the 2022 judging panel and will announce the overall winner of the 2022 Mercury Prize for album of the year.

Bafta-nominated actress Jessie Buckley, who recently won the Olivier Award for Best Actress after her role as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, is also nominated for her debut album For all our heartbreaking days with Bernard Butler.

Also nominated are rapper Kojey Radical for reason to smile and Welsh musician Gwenno with the album titled Treasure, which means treasure in Cornish. All but one of the songs on Gwenno’s album are sung in Cornish, which was her first language growing up.

The list of nominees is completed by Leeds rock band Yard Act for their debut studio album, Overload.

The jury that will select this year’s winner includes musician Jamie Cullum, broadcaster Jamz Supernova, songwriter Anna Calvi, broadcaster Danielle Perry and musician Hazel Wilde, as well as Mac.

The winner will be crowned at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on Thursday, with the awards broadcast live on BBC Four and BBC 6 Music.

Television and radio programs will feature live performances from the nominated artists until this year’s grand prize winner is announced. The 6 Music program will also air the winner’s entire album after it is revealed.

Last year Arlo Parks won the Mercury Prize for his debut album Collapsed in the rays of the sun.

– Reporting by PA

Updated: 08 September 2022, 06:28

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