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David Bowie, Radiohead and more make Mercury Prize short list
By
Melody Lau

Published

August 4, 2016

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The 2016 Mercury Prize short list for best U.K. album of the year has been announced and among the 12 nominees is the late David Bowie’s last recorded album, Blackstar. This marks the third nomination for Bowie, following 2002’s Heathen and 2013’s The Next Day.

Also included on the short list is Radiohead with A Moon Shaped Pool, the band’s first album in five years which came out on May 8. This will be the band’s fifth time on the short list, the most in the prize’s history, although Radiohead has never won before.

Recieving their first nominations this year are Skepta, Jamie Woon, the 1975 and Kano. Returnees to the short list include Bat For Lashes, Laura Mvula, Michael Kiwanuka, Savages, the Comet is Coming and Anohni, who won the title back in 2005 for I Am a Bird Now when she was still performing under the name Antony and the Johnsons.

Take a look at the full list of nominees below. The winner of the 2016 Mercury Prize will be revealed on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London.

Anohni, Hopelessness
Bat For Lashes, The Bride
David Bowie, Blackstar
Jamie Woon, Making Time
Kano, Made in the Manor
Laura Mvula, The Dreaming Room
Michael Kiwanuka, Love & Hate
Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool
Savages, Adore Life
Skepta, Konnichiwa
The 1975, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
The Comet Is Coming, Channel the Spirits