Mercury Prize 2020 Noms Are Here & Yeah The Girls

The Mercury Prize nominations have arrived and for the first time in its 29 year history, women are front and centre. Female artists and female-fronted acts are the leading the nominations, outnumbering the men.

There’s a total of seven female artists or female-fronted acts on the list — topping the previous record of five.

As well as that? Pop is back on top. It’s a far cry from last year’s nominations which were lead by punk/rock (The 1975, Idles, Foals).

Dua Lipa and Charli XCX are up for Album of the Year. Charli for her quarantine album how i’m feeling now and Dua Lipa for her ’80s throwback masterpiece Future Nostalgia. While Georgia is up for her Seeking Thrills.

If any of the three take home the £25K prize, it’ll be the first time a pop album has since 1994 when M People’s Elegant Slumming took it out.

Meanwhile, on the rap side of things Stomrzy and Kano are up for their Heavy Is The Head and Hoodies All Summer/em> respectively.

Catch all the nominees below and have a listen to Dua Lipa’s ‘Don’t Start Now’, because what a tune.

Mercury Prize 2020 Shortlist

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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