Award-winning Ghanaian-British grime star, Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr, aka Stormzy will be in the judging seat for Mercury Prize 2019.
Five new judges have been welcomed this year to the award show: Stormzy – the first solo black British act to have headlined Glastonbury Festival will join the former leader of Supergrass band Gaz Coombes; English songwriter and singer, Jorja Smith; Irish DJ and television host, Annie MacManus (Annie Mac); and editorial director at Vice UK and Guardian contributor, Tshepo Mokoena.
Who takes home the best album for this year?
There’s a heavy African presence in the race for the ultimate prize on September 20th, 2019 at Eventim Apollo, London.
British-Nigerian female rap artist Little Simzearned is nomination for her album, Grey Area, another British-Nigerian musician, Dave, who released the hit single – Location with Nigerian Afrobeat and author of African Giant album, Burna Boy, is nominated for his album Psychodrama. Also, English singer Nao got the nod for her album Saturn.
Check out the full list of nominees below, and share your thoughts on the nomination with us.
Anna Calvi – Hunter
Black Midi – Schlagenheim
Cate Le Bon – Reward
Dave – Psychodrama
Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1
Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel
IDLES – Joy As An Act Of Resistance
Little Simz – GREY Area
NAO – Saturn
SEED Ensemble – Driftglass
Slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain
The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
In 2016, British-Nigerian grime superstar, Skepta picked the award with his album Konichiwa.