This year saw the sad passing of David Bowie, but before he passed, he released one final album: Blackstar. The Mercury Prize 2016 nominations have been revealed, and they have nominated this album for the prize.
The prize for winning is £25,000, and Blackstar faces stiff competition from the likes of Radiohead’s Moon Shaped Pool, Laura Mvula, The 1975 and Michael Kiwanuka.
The nominations were decided by a panel of judges including the previous winner, Jarvis Cocker, Radio 1’s Annie Mac, pop producer Naughty Boy and singer Jessie Ware.
On the night of the awards, the pool will be shrunk down to just six albums, with one of the finalists being decided by public vote.
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 and Hate
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Savages – Adore Life
Skepta – Konnichiwa
The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep…
The Comet Is Coming – Channel The Spirits