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Mercury Prize Nominees Announced

The shortlist of nominees for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize, which honors the best British album of the past year, as chosen by a panel of British music critics and industry folks, has been announced. Last year’s winner was PJ Harvey.

This year’s shortlist is:

Jessie Ware: Devotion
Django Django: Django Django
The Maccabees: Given to the Wild
Roller Trio: Roller Trio
Richard Hawley: Standing at the Sky’s Edge
Field Music: Plumb
Michael Kiwanuka: Home Again
Ben Howard: Every Kingdom
Plan B: Ill Manors
Alt-J: An Awesome Wave
Lianne La Havas: Is Your Love Big Enough
Sam Lee: Ground of Its Own
The winner will be announced November 1.