It's that time of year again, when the hotly anticipated announcement of the Barclaycard Mercury Award nominees is made. The announcement was accompanied by the usual flurry of debate as to the relative quality and diversity of the artists involved- this year shows some notable omissions, in that there seems to be no jazz artist nominated. Despite this, there is no denying the calibre of the artists put up for the award.
This year features David Bowie, who broke his 10-year silence with his recent album “The Next Day.” Bowie is the oldest nominee in the history of the award, and has odds of winning of 4/1. Folk pop acts include the thrice nominated Laura Marling, Jake Bugg, Villagers and prodigious John Hopkins. It has been a great year for electro acts, and the selected line up demonstrates this with artists Disclosure, Rudimental and James Blake. Four-piece female post- punk guitar band Savages made the BBC sound of 2013 list, and have been compared to bands of the Joy Division ilk. Laura Mvula, Foals and Arctic Monkeys finish the expansive list. The artists nominated have contributed to an incredible year in music, and the final result will inevitably be worthy of the lucrative and coveted title.