Arctic Monkeys Tie Radiohead's Record for Most Mercury Prize Nominations

Albums from Jessie Ware, Young Fathers, Fred again.., Shygirl, Jockstrap, J Hus and more are also on this year's shortlist

Photo: Thom Yorke by Ming Wu (left), Alex Turner by Chris Bubinas

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Jul 27, 2023

The Mercury Prize — an annual celebration of the best in British music — has revealed its shortlist of nominees for 2023, and it's a record-making one. Arctic Monkeys have now claimed their fifth nomination for their eighth album, The Car, tying Radiohead's record for the most Mercury Prize nominations.

While Radiohead have never actually won the award, Arctic Monkeys previously took it home for their 2006 debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not.

Jessie Ware's That! Feels Good!, Young Fathers' Heavy Heavy, Fred again..'s Actual Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022), Shygirl's Nymph, Jockstrap's I Love You Jennifer B, J Hus's Beautiful and Brutal Yard, RAYE's My 21st Century Blues, Olivia Dean's Messy, Lankum's False Lankum, Ezra Collective's Where I'm Meant to Be and Loyle Carner's hugo have also made the 2023 Mercury Prize shortlist.

The winner will be announced on September 7 at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London. Last year's award went to Little Simz for Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, which Exclaim! named the best album of 2021.

2023 Mercury Prize Shortlist:

Arctic Monkeys - The Car
Ezra Collective - Where I'm Meant to Be
Fred again.. - Actual Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022)
J Hus - Beautiful and Brutal Yard
Jessie Ware - That! Feels Good!
Jockstrap - I Love You Jennifer B
Lankum - False Lankum
Loyle Carner - hugo
Olivia Dean - Messy
RAYE - My 21st Century Blues
Shygirl - Nymph
Young Fathers - Heavy Heavy

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