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Mercury Prize: Novelist and Jorja Smith among shortlist

SHORTLISTED: Jorja Smith and Novelist

THE 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ were announced today (Jul 26) and singer Jorja Smith and rapper Novelist were among the acts shortlisted for the prestigious prize.

Other acts included Lily Allen, Florence + The Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Arctic Monkeys.

The Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ celebrate and promote the best of UK music recognising artistic achievement across a range of contemporary music genres.

The shortlist was chosen by an independent judging panel and was revealed at a Launch event, hosted by BBC Music’s Huw Stephens.

It was also announced live by Mary Anne Hobbs on Lauren Laverne’s show on BBC Radio 6 Music.

The 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize judges also include Clara Amfo, Ella Eyre, Lianne La Havas, MistaJam plus more.

The judges said ‘This year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize celebrates albums by musicians at all stages of their careers, but with a shared belief in the importance of music for navigating life’s challenges – whether personal or political, falling in or out of love, growing up or looking back, angry or ecstatic. The music here is funny and inspiring, smart and moving. 12 amazing albums!’

The 2018 Awards Show will take place on Thursday 20 September at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.

The event will feature live performances from many of the shortlisted artists and the evening will culminate in the announcement of the overall winner of the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize for ‘Album of the Year’.

The Prize’s broadcast partner, BBC Music, will be providing live television and radio coverage of the event on BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music.

See the full list of nominees below:

Wolf Alice - Visions Of A Life

King Krule - The Ooz

Sons of Kemet - Your Queen Is A Reptile

Jorja Smith - Lost & Found

Lily Allen - No Shame

Everything Is Recorded - Everything Is Recorded

Nadine Shah - Holiday Destination

Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Florence and the Machine - High As Hope

Everything Everything - A Fever Dream

Novelist - Novelist Guy

Noel Gallagher High Flying Birds - Who Built The Moon?

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