Singer-songwriter Sam Fender has said he’s “nervous” and “absolutely nervous” after winning his first Mercury Award nomination.
ender, who won a Brit Award for best alternative rock and performed on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury this year, is on the shortlist for number one album Seventeen Going Under.
He told BBC Radio 6: “Seventeen Going Under is a very personal and important record for me and the boys, and for it to be recognized is crazy.
“A lot of my favorite records have won Mercury Awards. Young Dads – I found them because their Mercury won, I was blown away by them.
“It was an absolute honor and I was amazed. The fingers pass and we’ll see what happens, but just being nominated is an honor. “
Little Simz, winner of Best New Artist at the Brit Awards, landed another Mercury Award nomination this year for Sometimes I Can Be Introvert – was on the 2019 shortlist for Her album Gray.
She said: “I feel grateful; Very, very lucky, this is my second time now.
“When you’re an artist, an art creates creativity, you only do it because it’s a release.
“I have some things to say and this is how I express it and it is fortunate that people have resonated with it.
“The list is so strong that it is certainly an honor to be on it. I will definitely carry this energy with me throughout the day. “
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Former One Direction star Harry Styles, 28, also earned his first Mercury Award nomination for his third solo studio album Harry’s House, which just reached its sixth week at number one on the UK album chart. and is currently at the top of the charts for more weeks than all. One Direction album compilation.
The list of 12 strongmen running for the award, recognizing the best British album of the year, also includes Leeds rock group Yard Act for their debut studio album The Overload and Isle of Wight band Wet Leg, who performed. performing at Glastonbury this year, with their eponymous album.
Bafta-nominated actress Jessie Buckley, who just won the Olivier Award for best actress for her role as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, is also on the shortlist for the album For All Our Days That Tear The Heart with Bernard Butler .
Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie, who was shortlisted for the album Forest Floor, told Radio 6: “It is a great honor to be on the list of great musicians for this award.
“It is great to be a part of that for Scottish music, hopefully this recognition can attract musicians in Scotland. It’s a special thing to do. “
British musician Self Esteem also appeared on the shortlist for her second studio album Priorifying Pleasure while singer-songwriter Joy Crookes’ debut album Skin also featured.
Rock duo Nova Twins were nominated for their album Supernova, along with Welsh musician Gwenno for his album Tresor and British musician Kojey Radical for Reason To Smile.
Radical told Radio 6: “I feel very grateful and very honored. I remember in 2015 I went on my first tour with the Young Fathers right after they won their first Mercury award.
“In the years that followed, I saw a lot of my colleagues nominated and thought it was the one I wanted. You quietly express it and wish it existed.”
The shortlist for the Mercury Prize was narrowed down by a jury this year that included DJ Annie Mac, musician Jamie Cullum, broadcaster Jamz Supernova, songwriter Anna Calvi, broadcaster Danielle Perry and songwriter Hazel Wilde .
The judges said: “This year, it is not easy to pull down 12 albums, simply because there are so many remarkable albums to choose from.
“It’s proof that British and Irish music thrived during turbulent times in history, with selected albums covering everything from imaginative pop to avant-garde rap to pop folk. space-rock of the Cornish language.
“We feel that these 12 great albums all have something to say artistically and socially, all in their own unique and rich ways. Now comes the really hard part… just pick an overall winner. “
This year’s shortlist was announced at a launch event hosted by BBC Music’s Huw Stephens on Tuesday.
It was also announced live at 11am by Nemone on BBC Radio 6 Music as part of their special Mercury Prize shortlist.
The awards ceremony will take place on September 8 at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.
It will feature live performances by many of the shortlisted artists, culminating in the announcement of the 2022 Mercury Prize winners.
Arlo Parks was named the winner in 2021, she won the prestigious award for her debut album Collapsed In Sunbeams.
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