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David Bowie, Radiohead, Skepta Lead 2016 Mercury Prize Shortlist

by Ryan Middleton   Aug 4, 2016 12:24 PM EDT

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The 2016 Mercury Prize shortlist has been announced. The list is led by some prominent names like Radiohead and Skepta, while David Bowie gets a posthumous nod from the panel of judges for his powerful and symbolic album Blackstar.

The panel spoke about these albums as helping to make "sense of out unsettled times."

Speaking about the shortlist, the judging panel said in a release, "This is music to make sense of our unsettling times - heartfelt, angry, thoughtful and thrilling. The 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize 'Albums of the Year' are marked by their musical ambitions, unexpected instrumentation and breathtaking arrangements."

The Mercury Prize is given out to celebrate the best albums released by UK artists each year. This year has a very diverse offering with indie rock albums from the like Savages, The 1975, Radiohead and Bat For Lashes and other critically acclaimed selections from Anohni, Jamie Woon and Laura Mvula.

The winner will be announced on Sept. 15 at a special ceremony at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.

For the first time, UK fans will be able to vote for the winner. It is only eligible for UK citizens and instructions can be found on the Mercury Prize website. Find the full shortlist below.

Anohni - 'Hopelessness'
Bat For Lashes - 'The Bride'
David Bowie - 'Blackstar'
Jamie Woon - 'Making Time'
Kano - 'Made in the Manor'
Laura Mvula - 'The Dreaming Room'
Michael Kiwanuka - 'Love & Hate'
Radiohead - 'A Moon Shaped Pool'
Savages - 'Adore Life'
Skepta - 'Konnichiwa'
The 1975 - 'I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it'
The Comet Is Coming - 'Channel the Spirits'

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