The shortlist for the 2018 Mercury Prize is out and guess what? A number of female artists are in the mix for the top gong.
This shouldn’t be newsworthy; given the number of talented women in the industry it should be standard. But, as the Grammy Awards highlighted earlier this year, the music business has a bad track record when it comes to giving female artists the credit they deserve.
Back in January we wrote about the woeful under representation of women at the Grammys; less than 9% of winners have been female over the past six years. (CLICK HERE to read more and get angry). But enough about then, let’s talk about now and the Mercury shortlist.
This year’s Mercury nomination list is a strong one with established acts such as Arctic Monkeys and Noel Gallagher up against rising stars such as Jorga Smith.
Of the 12 nominees, three are female solo artists: the aforementioned Smith, along with Lily Allen and Nadine Shah. Bands with high profile frontwomen are also in the running: Florence + The Machine (High as Hope) and Wolf Alice (Visions of Life). (Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice is pictured above).
The bookies have Arctic Monkeys, Florence + The Machine and Gallagher as the favourites to win. We’ll have to wait until 20 September to find out who takes home the £25,000 prize.
Here’s the full list of nominees for the 2018 Mercury Prize.
Arctic Monkeys, Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino
Everything Everything: A Fever Dream
Everything Is Recorded: Everything Is Recorded
Florence + The Machine, High as Hope
Lily Allen, No Shame
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Who Built the Moon?
King Krule, The Ooz
Novelist, Novelist Guy
Nadine Shah, Holiday Destination
Jorja Smith, Lost and Found
Sons of Kemet, Your Queen is a Reptile
Wolf Alice, Visions of a Life