And the shortlist is… Yard Act, Self Esteem, Wet Leg & more shortlisted for the 2022 Mercury Prize with FREE NOW

The winning album will be announced on Thursday 8th September at London’s Eventim Apollo.

It’s that time of the year again: the shortlist for the 2022 Mercury Prize with FREE NOW has officially been revealed, with Yard Act, Self Esteem, Sam Fender and Wet Leg all featured on the list.

Other artists shortlisted for the Prize this year include Nova Twins, Joy Crookes, Harry Styles, Little Simz and Kojey Radical.

This year’s set of shortlisted albums was decided by a judging panel which featured the likes of Anna Calvi, Loyle Carner, Lanterns on the Lake’s Hazel Wilde, alongside industry experts such as Annie Mac, Jamz Supernova and Danielle Perry.

Speaking of their decision, the judges said: “Getting down to 12 albums this year was not easy, simply because there were so many remarkable ones to choose from. That serves as proof that British & Irish music thrives during unsettled periods in history, with the albums chosen covering everything from imaginative pop to pioneering rap to Cornish language folk-rock. We feel that these 12 amazing albums each have something to say artistically and socially, all in their own unique, enriching ways. Now comes the really hard part… choosing only one overall winner.”

The ceremony for this year’s Prize - which was won by Arlo Parks, for her stunning debut ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’ - is set to take place on 8th September at London’s Eventim Apollo, and you can check out the full list of shortlisted artists below.

Fergus McCreadie - Forest Floor
Gwenno - Tresor
Harry Styles - Harry’s House

Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler - For All Our Days That Tear the Heart
Kojey Radical - Reason to Smile

Joy Crookes - Skin
Little Simz - Sometimes I Might be Introvert

Nova Twins - Supernova

Self Esteem - Prioritise Pleasure
Sam Fender - Seventeen Going Under
Yard Act - The Overload
Wet Leg - Wet Leg

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