The nominees for the 2023 Mercury Prize, awarded to a panel’s choice of the best British album of the year, have been announced. Arctic Monkeys tie Radiohead as the most nominated act in Mercury history, earning their fifth nomination with The Car. Jockstrap (I Love You Jennifer B), Jessie Ware (That! Feels Good), J Hus (Beautiful and Brutal Yard), Shygirl (Nymph), Fred Again.. (Actual Life 3), and Loyle Carner are also among the nominees. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at Hammersmith Apollo on September 7. See all the nominees below.
This year’s judges, The Guardian notes, are Anna Calvi, Jamz Supernova, Jamie Cullum, Hannah Peel, Kerrang! creative director Phil Alexander, broadcasters Sian Eleri, Danielle Perry, and Mistajam, journalists Will Hodgkinson and Tshepo Mokoena, BBC 6 Music and Radio 2 head of music Jeff Smith, and music programming consultant Lea Stonhill.
Last year’s Mercury Prize winner was Little Simz for Sometimes I Might Be Introvert.
Mercury Prize 2023 Shortlist:
Arctic Monkeys – The Car
Ezra Collective – Where I’m Meant to Be
Fred Again.. – Actual Life 3
J Hus – Beautiful and Brutal Yard
Jessie Ware – That! Feels Good!
Jockstrap – I Love You Jennifer B
Lankum – False Lankum
Loyle Carner – Hugo
Olivia Dean – Messy
Raye – My 21st Century Blues
Shygirl – Nymph
Young Fathers – Heavy Heavy