Mercury prize 2021: first-time nominees dominate shortlist

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No 1 albums by Wolf Alice, Mogwai and Celeste are joined by leftfield artists such as Hannah Peel and Nubya Garcia in race for prestigious music award

Chart-topping albums by Wolf Alice, Celeste and Mogwai feature in nominations for the 2021 Mercury prize, one of the most prestigious music awards in the UK.

In a diverse list that ranges across jazz, soul, rap, electronic, contemporary classical and beyond – though with no folk or metal – other hit albums include those by veteran grime rapper Ghetts, indie-soul singer Arlo Parks, and proggy septet Black Country, New Road, all of whom reached the Top 5 in the UK albums chart in 2021.

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