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Mercury Prize announces 2022 judging panel ahead of shortlist nominations

The judging panel has been announced ahead of the September ceremony, with Loyle Carner, Annie Macmanus and more involved

By Will Richards

Arlo Parks with the 2021 Mercury Prize trophy
Arlo Parks won the Mercury Prize in 2021 (Picture: John Marshall)

The Mercury Prize has announced its judging panel for 2022 and revealed that the shortlist of nominated albums will be revealed today.

This morning (26 July), the 12-album shortlist for this year will be revealed at a ceremony in London, with the winner then revealed later in the year.

The winner of the 2022 Mercury Prize will follow in the footsteps of Arlo Parks, who picked up the 2021 award for her debut album, Collapsed in Sunbeams. Other recent winners include Michael Kiwanuka and Dave.

In a statement ahead of the 2022 shortlist being revealed, the Mercury Prize says its main aim is to “recognise and celebrate artistic achievement, provide a snapshot of the year in music and to help introduce new albums from a range of music genres to a wider audience.”

At 11am today (26 July), the 12 albums nominated for the 2022 Mercury Prize will be revealed live on BBC Radio 6 Music during Nemone’s show, with Huw Stephens presenting live from the London ceremony.

The judging panel for this year’s prize has also been revealed ahead of the news of the shortlist, with the likes of Annie Macmanus, Loyle Carner and Jamie Cullum all part of the panel alongside previous Mercury Prize nominees Anna Calvi and Hazel Wilde (of Lanterns on the Lake) and a number of DJs and industry professionals.

After the shortlist is revealed, the 12 nominated acts will have to wait until 8 September to find out whether they have won the 2022 Mercury Prize.

On that date, the nominated artists will play live at London’s Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith as part of the Mercury Prize ceremony, which will end with one of them added to the illustrious list of winners of the prize, which has been running since 1992 and crowned winners such as PJ Harvey, Arctic Monkeys and Skepta.

Ticket details for the public are set to be revealed at a later date.

Ahead of the release of the shortlist, bookmakers are already sharing their tips for who is in the running to be nominated for – or even win – the 2022 Mercury Prize.

According to Ladbrokes, Wet Leg are the favourites to pick up the 2022 prize for their self-titled debut album at 5/2, with Kae Tempest (The Line is a Curve), Little Simz (Sometimes I Might Be Introvert), Self Esteem (Prioritise Pleasure) and PinkPantheress (To hell with it), Dave (We’re All Alone in This Together) and Fontaines D.C. (Skinty Fia) also in the running.