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The 12 albums shortlisted for 2021’s Hyundai Mercury Music Prize have been revealed, with Wolf Alice (pictured), Laura Mvula, Arlo Parks, Ghetts and Celeste among nominees.

As usual, the shortlist is majority independent releases (eight in total) although Atlantic has two nods with Ghetts—for his third album, Conflict of Interest—and Mvula for her third, Pink Noise (her debut on the label). Sony counts Columbia signing Berwyn for his first mixtape, Demotape/Vega, and Universal has Polydor artist Celeste, who is recognized for her debut, Not Your Muse.

In announcing the shortlist, judges said: “It is testament to the strength of British music that, during a year which saw musicians face the toughest challenges of their lives, so many remarkable albums came out nonetheless.

“There was an embarrassment of riches for this year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize judges to choose from, but the final 12 show how diverse, vibrant and far-reaching British music continues to be.”

The winner will be announced at the awards show on 9/9 in London at the Eventim Apollo. BBC will be providing coverage of the event across TV, online and social media.

Here’s the shortlist:

Arlo Parks Collapsed in Sunbeams (Transgressive)

Berwyn Demotape/Vega (Columbia)

Black Country, New Road For The First Time (Ninja Tune)

Celeste Not Your Muse (Polydor)

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra Promises (Luaka Bop)

Ghetts Conflict of Interest (Atlantic)

Hannah Peel Fir Wave (My Own Pleasure)

Laura Mvula Pink Noise (Atlantic)

Mogwai As The Love Continues (Rock Action)

Nubya Garcia Source (Concord)

Sault Rise (Forever Living Originals)

Wolf Alice Blue Weekend (Dirty Hit)