Excruciating wait over, finally the nominees for the 2015 Mercury Prize have been released. The award is in association with BBC 6 Music’s ‘Albums of the Year’ announced today, live on Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6 Music show. Shining a spotlight on the British isles, the prize is awarded to the best album from the UK and Ireland. The shortlist is chosen by an independent judging panel of 12 music industry figures ranging from musicians; presenters, producers, journalists, and festival organisers led by chairman British sociomusicologist, Professor Simon Frith. Uniquely, the prize is open to all types of music, ranging from pop; rock, folk, urban, dance, jazz, blues, electronica and classical.
From Pulp to Suede, Arctic Monkeys to Alt -J, and James Blake to Elbow, the nominees lie in good company with previous winners reaching stratospheric heights within the music industry in the UK and beyond. There’s no denying the Mercury Prize can have a huge impact on an artists career, uncovering lesser known artists and bringing all nominated acts to the attention of the British public, both nominees and winners often experience a large increase in album sales.