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Mercury Prize 2021 shortlist to be announced tomorrow

The Hyundai Mercury Prize 2021 ‘albums of the year’ shortlist is set to be announced tomorrow (22 July). 

The 12-album shortlist will be announced live on BBC Radio 6 Music just after 11am BST by presenter Huw Stephens.

The 2021 judging panel has been confirmed to include musician and songwriter Anna Calvi, broadcaster and DJ Annie Mac, Jazz star Jamie Cullum, and musician and former Mercury Prize winner Michael Kiwanuka.

The lineup will also feature broadcasters Danielle Perry and Gemma Cairney, Lanterns on the Lake’s Hazel Wilde, music consultant Mike Walsh, Kerrang! Creative Director and Mojo Contributing Editor Phil Alexander, Editorial Director Tshepo Mokoena and The Times’ Chief Rock & Pop Critic Will Hodgkinson. The lineup is completed by judging panel Chair and Head of Music at 6 Music and Radio 2, Jeff Smith.

“It’s been another difficult & challenging year – and we’re grateful to all the artists & labels that have supported the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize by entering their albums,” said Mercury Prize Chairman David Wilkinson. “Many thanks also to the hardworking & dedicated judging team who have spent the last few months listening to the entries. Creatively this is shaping up to be an exceptional year for British music – with so many outstanding albums released over the past year. So choosing just 12 Albums of the Year will be a tough decision for the judging team. We’re looking forward to the shortlist being announced on 22 July.”

The overall winner of the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize for ‘Album of the Year’ will be announced at the awards event on Thursday 9 September at Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo in West London. The event will feature live performances from many of the shortlisted artists.

The overall winner of the 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize was Michael Kiwanuka for his album ‘Kiwanuka’. 

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