Mercury Prize 2022 Nominations: Harry Styles, Self Esteem, and Little Simz Make the Shortlist

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On 26 July, the nominees for the 2022 Mercury Prize were released, and the shortlist includes Harry Styles, Sam Fender, and Little Simz. Spanning music genres from rap to Cornish folk-rock, it is arguably the most wide-ranging list in recent years.

Styles's album "Harry's House" is the most pop album to have made the cut, while Fender marks his Mercury Prize debut with "Seventeen Going Under". Gwenno's album, "Tresor", which is performed almost entirely in Cornish is on the list, as is Little Simz second nomination, following her 2019 acknowledgement for her album, "Grey Area".

Joy Crookes, Wet Leg, and Self Esteem all make their Mercury Prize debut. "We feel that these 12 amazing albums each have something to say artistically and socially, all in their own unique, enriching ways," the Mercury Prize judges said in a statement. "Now comes the really hard part... choosing only one overall winner."

Who is on the Mercury Prize 2022 Shortlist?

Fergus McCreadie - "Forest Floor"
Gwenno - "Tresor"
Harry Styles - "Harry's House"
Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler - "For All Our Days That Tear The Heart"
Joy Crookes - "Skin"
Kojey Radical - "Reason To Smile"
Little Simz - "Sometimes I Might Be Introvert"
Nova Twins - "Supernova"
Self-Esteem - "Prioritise Pleasure"
Sam Fender - "Seventeen Going Under"
Wet Leg - "Wet Leg"
Yard Act - "The Overload"

When is the Mercury Prize 2022 Announced?

All nominees will perform at the awards show, which takes place at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on 8 Sept.

Who won the Mercury Prize 2021?

Last year's Mercury Prize winner was Arlo Parks who received the accolade for her album "Collapsed in Sunbeams". She beat the likes of Celeste and Wolf Alice to the esteemed prize.

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