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Mercury Prize 2019 Nominations

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Foals, The 1975, Dave, Anna Calvi and Cate Le Bon are among the artists whose albums have been shortlisted for this year's Mercury Prize.

Other acts up for the prestigious award are Fontaines DC, black midi, IDLES, Little Simz, slowthai, Neyo and SEED Ensemble.

The 12 shortlisted Mercury Prize albums for 2019 include five debuts: Dave's Psychodrama, Fontaines DC's Dogrel, black midi's Schlagenheim, slowthai's Nothing Great About Britain and SEED Ensemble's Driftglass.

For Foals, who have been nominated twice before, it could be third-time lucky for their fifth top 10 album, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 1.

Previous nominees The 1975 and Anna Calvi are also in the running, for the Brit-award-winning A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships and Hunter respectively.

Little Simz's GREY Area, IDLES' Joy As An Act Of Resistance, Cate Le Bon's Reward and NOA's Saturn make up the list.

The albums were announced at a launch event in central London on Thursday, with the winner due to be revealed at a ceremony in September.

Judges including Stormzy, who was shortlisted for the prize in 2017 for his debut album Gang Signs And Prayer, Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes, Jorja Smith and Jamie Cullum, chose the finalists from more than 200 albums.

Last year's ceremony saw rock band Wolf Alice scoop the accolade for their album Visions Of A Life, beating some high profile nominees including Lily Allen, Arctic Monkeys and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

The Mercury Prize, which started in 1992, when it was won by Primal Scream's Screamadelica, honours British and Irish artists and is open to all genres of music.

The overall winner will receive a cash prize of £25,000, as well as the raised profile offered by the award, seen as the musical equivalent to the Booker Prize for literature and the Turner Prize for art.

 

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