UK’s Mercury Prize 2014: The contenders

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The Mercury Prize, better known as Barclaycard Mercury Prize, announced on Wednesday the contending “Albums of the Year” before the presentation of awards at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards show at the Roundhouse in London on October 30th.

The annual musical awards for best album of the United Kingdom and Ireland is judged by an independent panel of 12 critics, musicians, DJs and other prominent figures in the music industry.

This year’s shortlist includes 12 names and the winner of the illustrious 2014 prize is sure to make waves while receiving £ 20,000 cash prize.

British and Irish artists, among which there will be some who have already tasted the tender fruits of success, will perform on stage at the awards, which are open to all genres of music, including pop, rock, rap, folk, jazz, hip hop, soul, electronica and classical.

This year’s shortlist includes Damon Albarn, Royal Blood, expected to be the favourites for the prize, Bombay Bicycle Club, Young Fathers and many others.

Damon Albarn (photo: Independent)

Royal Blood (photo: Your Canterbury)

A plethora of big names make up this year’s nomination list together with new and lesser-known names and debutants.

Last year, the stunning recording artist James Blake picked up the prize. But as we wait for this year’s finalists, let’s have a look at the shortlist to see who might come out on top.

Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots

Bombay Bicycle Club – So long, See you tomorrow

Jungle – Jungle

East India Youth – Total Strife Forever

Anna Calvi – One Breath

FKA Twigs – LP1

Nick Mulvey – First Mind

Gogo Penguin – v2.0

Royal Blood – Royal Blood

Polar Bear – In Each and Every One

Young Fathers – Dead

Kate Tempest – Everybody Dawn

Here’s the music video for Damon Albarn’s single Everyday Robots to keep you distracted until the awards ceremony!