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.
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 Now, which 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