Michael Kiwanuka and Plan B among Mercury nominee list
Story by Jack Foley
BBC Sound Of 2012 winner Michael Kiwanuka (pictured) and rapper Plan B are among the nominees for this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize (2012).
The prestigious competition, which names the album of the year, also includes Sheffield troubadour Richard Hawley, soul singer Jessie Ware and hotly-tipped Alt-J.
The Maccabees, Django Django, Lianne La Havas, Roller Trio, Field Music, Sam Lee and Ben Howard complete the shortlist.
The winner of the £20,000 prize will be announced on November 1.
Eight of this year’s albums are debut releases, with Richard Hawley the only artist to have been nominated for the prize before.
But Plan B – aka Ben Drew – rates among the most recognisable names, having scored major chart success with his 2010 album The Defamation Of Strickland Banks.
On this occasion, he is up for his hard-hitting hip-hop record Ill Manors, which accompanies his film of the same name.
Bookies currently place him as early joint favourite with Richard Hawley.
Only two women made the cut in Lianne La Havas and Jessie Ware, who performed at Wednesday’s nominations launch in London.
Last year, PJ Harvey became the first act to win the Mercury Prize twice, for her album Let England Shake, after previously winning in 2001.
The nominees are…
Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
Ben Howard – Every Kingdom
Django Django – Django Django
Field Music – Plumb
Jessie Ware – Devotion (pictured)
Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?
The Maccabees – Given to the Wild
Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
Plan B – Ill Manors
Richard Hawley – Standing at the Sky’s Edge
Roller Trio – Roller Trio
Sam Lee – Ground of Its Own