Arctic Monkeys‘ Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino and Florence + the Machine‘s High As Hope are among the 12 finalists for the 2018 Mercury Prize. The prestigious award is given to the best album of the year from the U.K. and Ireland.
“This year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize celebrates albums by musicians at all stages of their careers, but with a shared belief in the importance of music for navigating life’s challenges — whether personal or political, falling in or out of love, growing up or looking back, angry or ecstatic,” reads a statement from the Prize’s judging panel, which includes Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford. “The music here is funny and inspiring, smart and moving. Twelve amazing albums!”
Other albums that made the shortlist include Wolf Alice‘s Visions of a Life and Who Built the Moon? by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
Arctic Monkeys previously won the Mercury Prize in 2006 for their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, and were also shortlisted in 2007 and 2013 for Favourite Worst Nightmare and AM, respectively.
Florence was previously nominated in 2009 for Lungs and 2015 for How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.
The recipient of the 2018 Mercury Prize will be announced during a ceremony in London on September 20. Last year’s winner was Process by electronic artist Sampha.
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