News 23 July 2020

Kano & Stormzy Among 2020 Mercury Prize Nominees

23 July 2020

The nominations for the 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize have been revealed and a few big names are in the running for the award.

Making his second appearance on the Mercury Prize shortlist is the legend that is Kano who has been nominated for his 2019 album, Hoodies All Summer.

Another artist making their second appearance on the shortlist is the people’s champion Stormzy whose critically-acclaimed Heavy in the Head has also received a nomination for the 2020 Mercury Prize.

Frequent nominee and singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka has received his third Mercury nomination for his 14-track LP, Kiwanuka, which was hailed as “one of the greatest albums of the decade” by The Guardian last year.

The Mercury Prize is a celebration of the 12 ‘Albums of the Year’, recognising the efforts made by UK artists from a range of different genres.

The shortlist has been selected by an independent panel of judges – which includes musicians, music journalists, music presenters and other figures in the music industry – who meet to decide on the 12 albums of the year. The same panel meet on the day of the awards ceremony to decide the ‘Album of the Year’.

Previous winners include Dave, Skepta, Dizzee Rascal, Sampha, Dizzee Rascal and Ms. Dynamite.

The 2020 Mercury Prize winner will be revealed on Thursday 24th September at the Awards Show, which is being held at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith.

Check out the full list of nominees below:

Anna Meredith – FIBS

Charli XCX – how i’m feeling now

Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia

Georgia – Seeking Thrills

Kano – Hoodies All Summer

Lanterns on the Lake – Spook the Herd

Laura Marling – Song for Our Daughter

Moses Boyd – Dark Matter

Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka

Porridge Radio – Every Bad

Sports Team – Deep Down Happy

Stormzy – Heavy is the Head