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2015 Mercury Prize Albums of the Year Revealed

soak_bwfhtdThe 2015 Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ in association with BBC Music were announced on Friday 16 October.

“This year’s Mercury Prize shortlist includes seven debut albums and it celebrates artists from every stage of their careers”, says Simon Frith, Chair of Judges.

“These musicians come from a fascinating variety of musical places, cultures and histories. What they have in common is the ambition and the craft, the ideas and the imagination to make great music!”

The Mercury Prize celebrates a year in UK music. The shortlist, chosen from an entry of over 290 albums, was announced by presenter and broadcaster Lauren Laverne during her show on BBC Radio 6Music.

The 2015 Albums of the Year are:
Aphex Twin – Syro
Benjamin Clementine – At Least For Now
C Duncan – Architect
Eska – Eska
Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Gaz Coombes – Matador
Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin
Jamie xx – InColour
Róisín Murphy – Hairless Toys
Slaves – Are You Satisfied?
SOAK – Before We Forgot How To Dream
Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool

Plans for this year’s Awards Show have also been confirmed. Prior to the awards, an eclectic series of broadcasts are scheduled across the BBC’s radio and digital platforms, which will include the 2015 Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ being showcased through a series of studio sessions featuring this year’s shortlisted artists.

The Awards Show is to be held in the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House in London on Friday 20 November and will be hosted by Lauren Laverne. Broadcast live on BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music, the evening will culminate in the announcement of the overall winner of the 2015 Mercury Prize in association with BBC Music. 6 Music will reflect the awards during the evening, crossing live for the big announcement.