Confident in challenging society with her Mercury shortlisted album

Self Esteem has said that she is “asking questions that pop music can’t solve” with her Mercury shortlisted album Priorifying Pleasure.

He is a 36-year-old musician, real name Rebecca Lucy Taylor, is one of 12 artists competing for the prestigious award along with Harry Styles, Sam Fender and Little Simz.

The event, which recognizes Best British Album of the Year, was previously postponed due to the Queen’s death and is being held at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, west London on Tuesday evening.


Sam Fender attends the Mercury Prize 2022 at the Eventim Apollo in London (Ian West/PA)

Speaking on the red carpet of the 2022 awards ceremony, Taylor told the PA news agency that her album is “a timestamp of where I am” and was made “on my own terms”.

She said: “My whole life has been a bit bad sometimes and then I realized that it was largely due to generalized depression.

“Society did that to us… if you’re a woman or in any other way life doesn’t go easily.

“All I’m saying on the album is ‘is that fair?’ And that’s what I will continue to do.

“I’m just asking questions that pop music shouldn’t do because you have to play the game if you want to be successful.

“But now on my own terms, it’s a real Hollywood, poor ending – it’s amazing.”

The musician wears a 97% badge on her lapel, representing the number of UK women who have been sexually assaulted or harassed.

She was one of 10 artists nominated for the first time.

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Kojey Radical shortlisted for Reason To Smile album (Ian West/PA)

Kojey Radical, who was also shortlisted for the Reason To Smile album, told PA that he drew inspiration for the record from the Black Lives Matter movement during the global pandemic.

He said, “The lead single was written around that time, manly when it was written it was very difficult to know what to say.

“That feeling carries so much weight that the song is basically written by itself. It’s always the one you don’t expect to go far… I didn’t expect it to have that much commercial value.

“But it just shows you that you always have to write from an honest place.”

On the album collaboration, he continued: “I’m trying to get from a five-man team to the Premier League, I need 11 players for that and I’ve got the best players I can find, worldwide and internationally. We signed players from California, Los Angeles… and I’m a gal, keeping the vibe going. “

As for the direction his next album will take, he added: “We’re in the early stages of what’s going on right now, like we’ve been through it for a very long time. long.

“There is a big change happening at the moment, culturally, politically, spiritually, and I think as artists we are in a fortunate position to be able to see that. and now portray that to people that they can understand and understand and use as a cure. So the next album will probably be about some deep healing, because we need that right now. “


Joy Crookes (Ian West / PA)

Joy Crookes told PA that she feels “red in the face” to be shortlisted for her debut album Skin, and will tour with US megastar Lizzo next year.

While rock duo Nova Twins reminisced about past “midnight conversations,” they used to attend red carpet ceremonies when it came to awards ceremonies.

Childhood friends Amy Love and Georgia South, who were shortlisted for their Supernova album, said they worked hard for the opportunity but just wanted to “appreciate” the moment.

Yard Act was also shortlisted for her debut studio album The Overload, which was affected by the world’s turmoil during the pandemic.

James Smith, lead singer of the Leeds-based rock group, told PA: “It was written during a pandemic, so we watched a lot of the news and that seeps into your head.

“I think also because I don’t go out of the house and see people, I’ve been reflecting on my youth quite a bit and so I’m writing about my own childhood and where I’ve come from, and I think that combined with modern. news, it’s ingrained in my head that’s what brought us to this album.

“I think we will always try, even if we don’t write clearly about politics in the near future, I think we will always try and lead.

“We will always talk about what we believe in maybe if it’s not at the heart of the record next time it will definitely always be part of us because I believe in people, power. of human.”

Arriving at the red carpet, Welsh musician Gwenno, whose album is titled Tresor means Cornish treasure and all but one of the songs on Gwenno’s album are sung in Cornish, which is his first language. her when she was growing up.

Singer-songwriter, 41, says: “I love the sounds of other languages ​​and music. I think celebrating our differences makes us realize how similar we are.

“I think language is an echo of the past and I think it tells you a lot about places and landscapes and that is something to be cherished.

“I have to know Cornwall and the people of Cornwall through language.

“So it’s all just there to be celebrated.

“It’s a bonding thing.”

Scottish musician Fergus McCreadie was also shortlisted for his album Forest Floor and feels this recognition goes to “anyone who is a jazz player”.


Fergus McCreadie (Ian West / PA)

“I think the Mercury Awards can do something really special, they draw attention to certain genres of music and artists that wouldn’t normally have that mainstream,” he told PA.

“I don’t think this shortlist nomination is really for me, it’s for anyone who is a jazz player.

“Someone can listen to my music and say ‘oh I really like jazz’ and go listen to jazz, I think that’s going to be the biggest win.”

Also on the shortlist are Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler for For All Our Days That Tear The Heart and Wet Leg for their self-titled debut album.

To mark the BBC’s 100th birthday, broadcast partner BBC Music is broadcasting live TV and radio about the event.

Last year, the Mercury Prize was won by Arlo Parks for his debut album Collapsed In Sunbeams. Confident in challenging society with her Mercury shortlisted album

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