Every year, a panel of music industry types and critics gets together to anoint its pick for the best British album of the year, and the prize has been a pretty big deal over the years. Last year, PJ Harvey took the Mercury Music Prize home for Let England Shake. This year, the list of nominees trends a whole lot younger and less experienced. Jessie Ware and Django Django, both of whom are on Stereogum’s list of 40 best new bands of 2012, are nominated, as are Field Music, Richard Hawley, the Maccabees, and Plan B. Check out the list of nominees below.
Jessie Ware – Devotion
Django Django – Django Django
The Maccabees – Given To The Wild
Roller Trio – Roller Trio
Richard Hawley – Standing At The Sky’s Edge
Field Music – Plumb
Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
Ben Howard – Every Kingdom
Plan B – Ill Manners
Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough
Sam Lee – Ground Of Its Own
Barclaycard will announce the winner at an 11/1 ceremony. Go Jessie Ware!