David Bowie nominated for Mercury Prize for ‘Blackstar’

David Bowie has been nominated for the Mercury Prize for his last album, Blackstar, almost seven months after his death.

The record will compete against albums by artists including Radiohead, Skepta and Laura Mvula, as well as The 1975 and Bat For Lashes.

Radiohead received a nod for the hotly-anticipated offering A Moon Shaped Pool. Mvula was praised for her album The Dreaming Room, while rapper Skepta made the list for Konnichiwa.

The 1975’s record I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It will also compete against Bat For Lashes’ The Bride.

The other records to make the list of 12 albums of the year, chosen by the Mercury Prize judging panel were Hopelessness by Anohni, Making Time by Jamie Woon, Made In The Manor by Kano, Love & Hate by Michael Kiwanuka, Adore Life by Savages, and Channel The Spirits by The Comet Is Coming.

The list will be shortened to six and a winner will be announced at a ceremony at the Eventim Apollo in London on September 15, which will be broadcast on BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music.

The judging panel said: “The 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize Albums of the Year are marked by their musical ambitions, unexpected instrumentation, and breathtaking arrangements.”

Fans will be able to vote at www.mercuryprize.com.


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