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Slowthai, Nao and Anna Calvi among Mercury Prize shortlisted artists

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Published on July 25, 2019 - Duration: 01:28s

Slowthai, Nao and Anna Calvi among Mercury Prize shortlisted artists

The 12 artists shortlisted have been announced with rapper Dave, and rock bands The 1975 and Foals making the list too.

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Slowthai, Nao and Anna Calvi among Mercury Prize shortlisted artists

The annual 25,000-pound ($31,252) prize, which is seen as less mainstream than the BRIT Awards, shortlists a dozen albums of the year released by British and Irish acts in the UK.

This year's chosen albums explore issues such as race, immigration and Brexit as well as mental health, solitude, and relationships.

Rapper, slowthai, was nominated for his album "Nothing Great About Britain", along with fellow rappers Dave for "Psychodrama" and Little Simz for "Grey Area".

The 1975 were also listed for their chart-topping album "A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships", which triumphed at this year's BRITs and also won the band the coveted Songwriters of the Year prize at the Ivor Novello awards.

They will compete against Foals' "Everything Not Saved Will be Lost - Part 1", rock band Black Midi's "Schlagenheim" and punk rock group IDLES' "Joy as an Act of Resistance".

Other nominees include jazz piece SEED Ensemble for "Driftglass", post-punk band Fontaines D.C.

For "Dogrel" as well as singers Cate Le Bon and NAO and guitarist Anna Calvi for albums "Reward", "Saturn" and "Hunter" respectively.

This year's judging panel includes rapper Stormzy, jazz musician Jamie Cullum, and singer Jorja Smith among others that include journalists, broadcasters and DJs.

The Mercury Prize was first given out to rockers Primal Scream in 1992.

Other past recipients include singers Benjamin Clementine and PJ Harvey, grime artist Skepta and last year's winners, rock band Wolf Alice.

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