Mercury Prize 2016 shortlist: Radiohead become most-nominated act in history for new album A Moon Shaped Pool
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Radiohead have become the most shortlisted artist in Mercury Prize history after earning their fifth nomination for new album A Moon Shaped Pool.
Laura Mvula picks up her second nomination for The Dreaming Room while Michael Kiwanuka also makes the shortlist with Love & Hate, his long-awaited follow-up to 2012’s Home Again.
The rules have been revamped this year to include a general public vote. Music lovers will be able to vote for their favourite from the 12-album shortlist through an online poll, with the most popular joining five other finalists selected by the judges.
This year’s panel includes Jarvis Cocker, Naughty Boy, Kate Tempest, Jamie Cullum, Jessie Ware, Ellie Roswell of Wolf Alice and DJ Annie Mac, as well as critics and music industry experts.
The overall winner will be announced at a ceremony will take place at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on 15 September. The six finalists will perform before a “special, one-off” collaboration to mark the prize’s 25th anniversary.
Benjamin Clementine won last year’s grand prize with his stunning album At Least For Now with other past winners including Badly Drawn Boy, PJ Harvey, Pulp, Ms Dynamite, Arctic Monkeys, Alt J, James Blake and Young Fathers. The youngest winner was Dizzee Rascal with Boy in Da Corner in 2003.