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Mercury Prize 2021: Who is nominated this year and how to watch?

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With previous winners like Dave, Wolf Alice and Skepta, the Mercury Prize is an honour music artists are desperate to get their hands on.

It’s handed out every year, with the ceremony for 2021 taking place on Thursday at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London.

Back with a whole new host of nominees and a slew of live performances, the Mercury Prize 2021 awards show is one not to miss, so here’s everything you need to know.

How can I watch the Mercury Prize 2021?

You can watch the awards show live on BBC Four, with the ceremony kicking off at 9pm on Thursday 9 September.

Radio presenter Lauren Laverne will be hosting the ceremony and has said ahead of this year’s awards: ‘I’m delighted to be hosting the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize Awards Show.

‘It’s a fantastic shortlist showcasing the incredible creativity of the British & Irish music scene – and I’m looking forward to seeing some amazing live performances at the show.’

What is the Mercury Prize?

The Mercury Prize recognises the best of UK and Irish music and its artists. It celebrates the best 12 albums of the year that have been shortlisted across a range of music genres.

Music genres represented can vary from year to year as the awards introduce new album releases to a wider audience while highlighting artists’ achievements over the year.

Out of the 12 albums shortlisted, one overall winner is announced.

Who is nominated for the Mercury Prize 2021?

The 12 nominees for this year’s Mercury Prize are:

Arlo Parks, Collapsed In Sunbeams

Berwyn, Demotape/VEGA

Black Country, New Road, For The First Time

Celeste, Not Your Muse

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra, Promises

Ghetts, Conflict Of Interest

Hannah Peel, Fir Wave

Laura Mvula, Pink Noise

Mogwai, As The Love Continues

Nubya Garcia, Source

Sault, Rise

Wolf Alice, Blue Weekend

Bookies’ favourites to win this year are Sault and Brit Award-winner Celeste.

Last year’s Mercury Prize was won by Michael Kiwanuka for his 2019 album titled KIWANUKA that reached number two in the UK charts.

Thursday’s live ceremony will also see live performances from some of the nominees, including Arlo Parks, Celeste and Ghetts.

The Mercury Prize 2021 airs at 9pm on BBC Four.

Credit: Original article published here.

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