Adele, PJ Harvey in Line for Mercury Prize
Adele, the British soulful singer and songwriter, this summer has been dominating the British and American charts. Today she was one of 12 artists who were nominated for Barclaycard Mercury Prize as well as James Blake, electronic-music wunderkind, and rapper Tinie Tempah.
Considered to be the United Kingdom’s most prestigious music prize, the award is bestowed annually to the best Irish or British act. A small group, consisting of music industry professionals and journalists, choose the winner. The nominee roster usually is a mixture of both lesser-known and mainstream musicians. However often the prize is awarded to an eclectic artist who hasn’t achieved commercial success yet.
Among the nominees this year are two past winners: Elbow, who won in 2008, and P.J. Harvey, the 2001 winner. Adele received her nomination for “21,” her second album which has topped the British charts for 17 weeks. Tinie Tempah’s nomination came for “Disc-Overy.” In October the set was Britain’s No. 1 album.
Other nominees include Gwilym Simcock, Metronomy, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Katy B, Ghostpoet, Everything Everything and Anna Calvi. The $32,800 prize winner will be announced on September 6 during the televised show. Nominees will also be performing.