Harry Styles receives his first nomination for the 2022 Mercury Prize

Harry Styles, such as Self Esteem, Gwenno and Nova Twins, receive their first nomination for the Mercury 2022 Award.

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Harry Styles, Sam Fender and rapper Little Sims are among 12 nominees for the Mercury Music Award, which celebrates album of the year in the UK and Ireland.

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Among this shortlist, ten are looking forward for the first time to this award, considered the most prestigious in this country, organizers said Tuesday on BBC Radio 6.

Former One Direction member Harry Styles has been nominated for the first time in this exclusive club of British and Irish artists with the album “Harry’s House”, the most commercial of this version of Mercury.

Although Styles continues to take steps to leave his “boyish” image, experts say it is still too early for him to win these accolades, as singer-songwriter Sam Fender, with the album “Seventeen Going Under” or Little Simz herself, with “sometimes… Being an introvert” are some of my favorite things.

Notable newcomers include the English singer-songwriter, self-esteem, and folk artist Guino, whose work Tresor is mainly sung in a Cornish dialect, and alternative music duo Wet League, whose album of the same name was already well-acclaimed at Glastonbury Festival. the last one .

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Also among the new nominees are the all-girl metal Nova Twins, and Scottish jazz pianist Fergus McCready, in yet another sampling of the variety of styles Mercury has in mind.

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And while some are released, others are making a comeback, as with guitarist Bernard Butler, Mercury winning in 1993 as a member of the rock band, Swede.

On this occasion, the musician chose the award for his collaboration with actress Jesse Buckley on the album “For All Our Days That Tear The Heart”.

The roster was closed by the Punk Band Yard Act, with “The Overload”; London soul singer Joy Crooks with “Knife”; and rapper Koji Radikal with “Reason To Smile”.

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The Mercury Prize Awards Ceremony will take place on September 8 at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London, where several shortlisted nominees will be presented this year.

Its latest winner was Arlo Parks, who won Album of the Year in the UK and Ireland for his debut album ‘Collapsed in Sunbeams’.

Terry Alexander

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