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David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys on Mercury Prize Shortlist

Jake Bugg, Savages and Laura Marling also among contenders

Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys performs in Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands.
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September 11, 2013 2:25 PM ET

Arctic Monkeys, David Bowie and Jake Bugg are among a dozen acts included on the shortlist for this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist. The award honors the best British album over the past year as chosen by a panel of British music critics and others in the industry. 

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Other contenders this year include Disclosure, Laura Marling and Savages. Last year's honor went to Alt-J, and other winners have included PJ Harvey, the xx, Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand. This year's awards show will take place on October 30th. 

Here's the short list of this year's nominees: 

Arctic Monkeys, AM

David Bowie, The Next Day

Disclosure, Settle

Foals, Holy Fire

Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg

Jon Hopkins, Immunity 

Laura Marling, Once I Was an Eagle

Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon

Rudimental, Home

Savages, Silence Yourself

Villagers, Awayland

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