Stormzy, Dua Lipa and Laura Marling shortlisted for Mercury Prize

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Stormzy has secured his second Mercury Prize nomination and will go head to head with artists including Dua Lipa, Laura Marling and Michael Kiwanuka.

The grime star and Glastonbury headliner’s second album, Heavy Is The Head, is among the 12-strong shortlist for the prestigious prize.

His chart-topping debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer, was nominated in 2017.

Stormzy is among the musicians shortlisted for this year’s Mercury Prize (PA)

Lipa secures her first Mercury Prize nod for Future Nostalgia, her critically acclaimed and disco-influenced second album.

North London singer-songwriter Kiwanuka is nominated for his self-titled third album, meaning all three of his studio albums have now made the Mercury Prize shortlist.

However, so far he has not won the prize.

Marling lands her fourth Mercury Prize nomination for Song For Our Daughter, while Kano gets his second for Hoodies All Summer.

Moses Boyd, Porridge Radio, Sports Team, Lanterns On The Lake, Georgia and Charli XCX all secure their first nominations.

The shortlist for the Hyundai Mercury Prize, which recognises the best British album of the year, was narrowed down by 12 judges including Anna Calvi, Annie Mac, Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes, Jamie Cullum, Jorja Smith and’s editorial director Tshepo Mokoena.

A statement from the judges said: “In these difficult and uncertain times the Hyundai Mercury Prize is proud to celebrate the remarkable power of music to inspire and exhilarate. The albums on the 2020 shortlist showcase a great diversity of sounds, styles, ambitions and experience. What these albums share is an irresistible urgency, a belief that their music matters more than ever.”

Geoff Taylor, chief executive of industry body BPI – which organises the Mercury Prize, said: “The Mercury Prize is back, reminding us that the creative brilliance of our artists is a constant, even when the world is turned upside down.”

This year’s nominees were announced on Lauren Laverne’s BBC Radio 6 Music programme.

Last year’s Mercury Prize was won by rapper Dave for his album Psychodrama, fending off competition from nominees including Slowthai, The 1975, Little Simz and Foals.

Organisers say it is likely a live awards show will not happen in September as planned, but the winner will be announced on September 24.

The Mercury Prize nominations in full:

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

Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka

Moses Boyd – Dark Matter

Porridge Radio – Every Bad

Sports Team – Deep Down Happy

Stormzy – Heavy Is The Head

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