THIRTEEN YEARS after Dizzee Rascal’s big win for his debut album Boy in da Corner, grime is makes its mark on the Mercury Prize nominations once again.
This time, it’s grime veterans Kano and Skepta who have been shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Prize Album of the Year – battling against the late David Bowie, Laura Mvula and eight other talented acts.
Kano’s Made In The Manor earned him his first top 10 and Skepta’s Konnichiwa reached No.1.
Laura Mvula released her second studio album, The Dreaming Room, in June. She has writing credits on each song on The Dreaming Room.
The rules have been revamped for this year’s prize to include a general public vote.
Music lovers will be able to vote for their favourite from the 12-album shortlist through an online poll, with the most popular joining five other finalists selected by the judges.
This year’s panel includes Jarvis Cocker, Naughty Boy, Kate Tempest, Jamie Cullum, Jessie Ware, Ellie Roswell of Wolf Alice and DJ Annie Mac, as well as critics and music industry experts.
The overall winner will be announced at a ceremony will take place at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on September 15. The six finalists will perform before a “special, one-off” collaboration to mark the prize’s 25th anniversary.