FKA twigs, Young Fathers and more up for the Mercury Prize

10.09.14

The Mercury Prize nominations are in.

Many of the acts most hotly tipped by bookies received nominations (Kate Tempest, FKA twigs, Young Fathers), while all the standard Mercury categories (earnest acoustic guy, obligatory rock band, famous band member gone solo, etc.) have been filled.

The shortlist, chosen from over 220 albums, was revealed by BBC Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine at a ceremony in London earlier today. Kate Tempest received the biggest cheer when her name was called out, while Royal Blood received a monumental groan.

"This year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist confirms that these are fascinating times for UK music," says Simon Frith, Chair of Judges, in a statement,, "There are seven outstanding debut albums here, and five records by more established artists, all pursuing exciting new directions. What most impressed the judges was the inventive passion with which musicians explore music and emotional possibilities, refusing to be pinned down by rules or genre."

The overall winner of the prize will be announced at the an award show at the Roundhouse in London on Wednesday October 29th.

Browse the nominations below, and check out Dummy's (infinitely superior, we're sure you'll agree) list of nominations here.

2014 Albums of the Year:

Anna Calvi – 'One Breath'
Bombay Bicycle Club – 'So Long, See You Tomorrow'
Damon Albarn – 'Everyday Robots'
East India Youth – 'Total Strife Forever'
FKA twigs – 'LP1'
GoGo Penguin – 'v2.0'
Jungle – 'Jungle'   
Kate Tempest – 'Everybody Down'
Nick Mulvey – 'First Mind'
Polar Bear – 'In Each and Every One'
Royal Blood – 'Royal Blood'
Young Fathers – 'Dead'