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Who will win the Mercury Prize 2022?

Who will win the Mercury Prize 2022?

The coveted Mercury Music prize has always been one of the most prestigious prizes in music, but with tonight's ceremony looming, let's take a look at who might take home the illustrious title.

2022/09/08

The coveted Mercury Music prize has always been one of the most prestigious prizes in music, but with tonight's ceremony looming, let's take a look at who might take home the illustrious title.

12 incredible artists and acts have been shortlisted for the prize which has previously been awarded to the likes of The xx, Arctic Monkeys, Alt-J, Dave, Wolf Alice, Skepta and last year's winner, the very wonderful Arlo Parks.

The contenders and their albums are:

Fergus McCreadie – Forest Floor

Gwenno – Tresor

Harry Styles – Harry’s House

Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler – For All Our Days That Tear The Heart

Joy Crookes – Skin

Kojey Radical – Reason To Smile

Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

Nova Twins – Supernova

Sam Fender – Seventeen Going Under

Self Esteem – Prioritise Pleasure

Wet Leg – Wet Leg

Yard Act – The Overload

All twelve would be worthy winners, but it has been suggested that Self Esteem, Little Simz, the Nova Twins and Wet Leg (the later two groups were shortlisted by our Music Editor in our 'One's to watch in 2022' round-up earlier this year) might just clinch the prize.

However, don't underestimate the likes of Yard Act or the brilliant Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler whose album 'For All Our Days that Tear the Heart review' has been lauded as a mesmerising and impressive body of work that garnered both critical acclaim and commercial success to take home the prize.

All of the nominees apart from Harry Styles will perform live at the ceremony and the winner will be determined by the judging panel which includes Annie Mac, Anna Calvi, Jami Cullum, Jamz Supernova, Loyle Carner, and Tshepo Mokoena.

We can't wait to find out who will win!

Emma Harrison

Emma Harrison

Music editor, Emma, is in her element at gigs, listening to vinyl or playing her ukelele and has freelanced as a writer for the past 6 years.