The panel that decides the Mercury Prize has announced the 12 albums shortlisted for the honor, which will be awarded next month. Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn‘s solo record Everyday Robots, electro R&B artist FKA Twigs’ LP1, funky pop group Jungle’s Jungle and indie rocker Anna Calvi’s One Breath are among the nominated records.
The distinction is open only to British and Irish artists who have put out albums over the last 12 months. A panel of critics, DJs, musicians and music-industry members decide the shortlist, which usually contains many non-mainstream options, and vote on who gets to take home the distinction. The winner will receive £20,000 (about US $32,300) at an award ceremony on October 29th.
Albarn was previously nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2001 for Gorillaz’s debut, Gorillaz, but asked to be taken off the ballot. At the time, he said it would be “like carrying a dead albatross round your neck for eternity,” according to The Guardian.
Last year, James Blake took home the honor for his Overgrown album, besting the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Davie Bowie, Disclosure, Savages and more. He played his song “Retrograde” at the award ceremony, which also featured performances by other nominees including Foals, Jake Bugg, Savages, Rudimental, Disclosure, Villagers, Jon Hopkins and Arctic Monkeys. Bowie did not attend the ceremony, but instead sent a video for “Love Is Lost,” off the nominated album The Next Day, which he made for a reported $13.
The 2014 Mercury Prize Shortlist:
Damon Albarn, Everyday Robots
Bombay Bicycle Club, So Long, See You Tomorrow
Anna Calvi, One Breath
East India Youth, Total Strife Forever
FKA Twigs, LP1
Gogo Penguin, V2.0
Nick Mulvey, First Mind
Polar Bear, In Each and Every One
Royal Blood, Royal Blood
Kate Tempest, Everybody Down
Young Fathers, Dead