David Bowie Nominated for Britain's Mercury Prize

“The Next Day” may yet be remembered as David Bowie’s “award winning” comeback album.

The Thin White Duke’s latest set is one of 12 albums nominated for Britain’s prestigious Mercury Prize. It’ll face competition with Arctic Monkeys’ “AM,” Disclosure’s “Settle,” Foals’ “Holy Fire,” James Blake’s “Overgrown,” Jon Hopkins’ “Immunity,” Laura Marling’s “Once I Was An Eagle,” Laura Mvula’s “Sing to the Moon,” Rudimental’s “Home,” Savages’ “Silence Yourself,” Villagers’ "{Awayland}" and Jake Bugg’s self-titled set.

It’s too early to call, but Bowie is surely out in front with the sentimental vote. And he’s neck-and-neck with 2006 winners Arctic Monkeys, according to bookmakers William Hill.

The last time Bowie was in the hunt for a Mercury Prize was 2002, with his album “Heathen.” The winner that time was Ms Dynamite’s “A Little Deeper.”

The winner of this year’s prize, which recognizes the best album from the U.K. and Ireland, will be announced at a gala Oct. 30 at London’s the Roundhouse.