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David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys Top Mercury Prize List

Mercury Prize Shortlist 2013The Mercury Prize is given out every year to the best album produced by a British artist. Normally, the award goes to an up-and-comer, but this year’s list includes a few artists who wouldn’t have much use for the $20,000 cash prize. Topping this year’s Mercury shortlist are David Bowie (who returned after ten years of relative silence with The Next Day) and the Arctic Monkeys (whose AM is winning high praise from artists and listeners.)

Other nominees of note include the much-hyped punk band Savages for their debut album Silence Yourself and folk singer Jake Bugg for his self-titled debut album. Previous winners include the likes of PJ Harvey, Pulp, Franz Ferdinand, and The xx; Arctic Monkeys have a chance at winning the award a second time, having won in 2006 for their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.

Check out the full list of Mercury Prize nominees below:

Rudimental – Home

Foals – Holy Fire

Jon Hopkins – Immunity

Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg

Laura Mvula – Sing To The Moon

Villagers – Awayland

Savages – Silence Yourself

David Bowie – The Next Day

Disclosure – Settle

Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle

James Blake – Overgrown

Arctic Monkeys – AM

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