David Bowie Gets Posthumous 2016 Mercury Prize Nomination For ‘Blackstar’

UPDATE 16/09/16: Skepta has taken up the top prize for his album Konnichiwa.

ORIGINAL STORY: The 2016 Mercury Prize shortlist is in, with a dozen worthy UK acts in the running for this year’s big gong.

Among them is a posthumous nod for departed legend David Bowie and his final album, Blackstar.

While other big names on the list include Skepta, The 1975, Bat For Lashes, Savages and Radiohead for A Moon Shaped Pool.

The list is rounded out by up-and-comers Anohni, Jamie Woon, Kano, Laura Mvula, Michael Kiwanuka and The Comet Is Coming.

The annual prize recognises the best record released by a British or Irish artist, and was taken out last year by dark horse former busker Benjamin Clementine for his album At Least For Nowwhich beat out tough competition from Florence + The Machine, Aphex Twin, Wolf Alice and more.

This year’s ceremony will be held on September 15th.

Catch the Mercury Prize class of 2016 nominees below.

Watch: David Bowie – Blackstar

Mercury Prize 2016 Nominees

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

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