Dua Lipa & Charli XCX Are on Mercury Prize Shortlist: See Who Else Is a Contender

Dua Lipa
Hugo Comte

Dua Lipa

Last year’s winner was Dave’s 'Psychodrama.'

Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia and Charli XCX’s How I'm Feeling Now are among 12 albums that are shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, which honors the best British albums released between July 20, 2019 and July 17, 2020.

Other top contenders include Laura Marling's Song for Our Daughter and Stormzy 's Heavy is the Head.

Lipa’s album is thought to have a good chance at Grammy nominations for album of the year and best pop vocal album.

Geoff Taylor, chief executive at record labels association, the BPI, which organizes the Hyundai Mercury Prize (which is its full name, owing to a corporate sponsorship), said ‘Extraordinary music for extraordinary times. The Mercury Prize is back, reminding us that the creative brilliance of our artists is a constant, even when the world is turned upside down…”

Last year’s winner was Dave’s Psychodrama. Other past winners include several that crossed over to achieve success in the U.S., notably Franz Ferdinand’s Franz Ferdinand (2004), Arctic Monkeys' Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006), The xx’s xx (2010) and James Blake’s Overgrown (2013).

This year’s shortlist consists of:

Anna Meredith - Fibs
Charli XCX - How I'm Feeling Now
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
Georgia - Seeking Thrills
Kano - Hoodies All Summer
Lanterns on the Lake - Spook the Herd
Laura Marling - Song for Our Daughter
Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka
Moses Boyd - Dark Matter
Porridge Radio - Every Bad
Sports Team - Deep Down Happy
Stormzy - Heavy is the Head

Unlike the Grammys, the Mercury Prize releases the names of the people who served on the judging panel. Jeff Smith, head of music, 6 Music & Radio 2, was chair of this year’s panel, which included four musicians, in addition to numerous journalists and broadcasters. The musicians who served on this year’s panel were Jorja Smith (a 2018 Grammy nominee for best new artist), Jamie Cullum, Anna Calvi and Gaz Coombes.

The winner will be announced on Sept. 24. As all public events in the U.K. are currently subject to government guidelines, it is unlikely that a live awards show will be held in September, as planned.

The Mercury Prize’s broadcast partner, BBC Music, will provide extensive television and radio coverage. The prize’s new digital music partner, YouTube Music, will also be streaming the artists’ performances to international audiences beyond the U.K.


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