The Arctic Monkeys, Wolf Alice, Everything Everything, King Krule, Noel Gallagher, Lily Allen, Florence + the Machine and Jorja Smith are among the artists shortlisted for the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize. The nominations were announced on Thursday morning (July 26) for the annual event which recognizes the Best British album the past year. The nominees are chosen by a panel British music critics and industry figures.
"This year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize celebrates albums by musicians at all stages their careers, but with a shared belief in the importance music for navigating life’s challenges – whether personal or political, falling in or out love, growing up or looking back, angry or ecstatic. The music here is funny and inspiring, smart and moving," the judges said the nominations, which also include nods for Everything is Recorded, Nadine Shah, Novelist and Sons Kemet.
According to the Guardian, the nod for the Monkeys' sixth album, Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, makes them the second most-nominated act in the prize's 26-year history, tying them with PJ Harvey and putting them just one back from Radiohead. It also marks the first nomination for Gallagher for his Who Built the Moon? album, following two nods for Oasis back in the mid-1990s.
The 2018 awards will be handed out on Sept. 20 at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, England.
Check out the full list nominees below and reactions from the artists.
Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
Everything Everything – A Fever Dream
Everything Is Recorded – Everything Is Recorded
Florence And The Machine – High As Hope
Jorja Smith – Lost & Found
King Krule – The Ooz
Lily Allen – No Shame
Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination
Noel Gallagher – Who Built The Moon?
Novelist – Novelist Guy
Sons Of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile
Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life