Harry Styles, Sam Fender and actress Jessie Buckley are shortlisted for the Mercury Prize.

Harry Styles received his first Mercury Award nomination on a shortlist that included numerous other nominees.

Former One Direction star turned solo artist, Styles, 28, has been nominated for his third solo studio album, Harry’s House, which has just earned its sixth week at number one on the UK Albums Charts and now boasts more weeks at the top of the chart than all one. The direction’s albums are merged.

The list of 12 contenders for the prestigious British Album of the Year award also includes Leeds-based rock band Yard Act with their debut studio album The Overload and Sam Fender’s Seventeen Going UK Alternative Rock Award winner. Under.


Sam Fender at the 2022 Brit Awards (Ian West/PA)

Brit Awards winner Little Sims received another Mercury Award nomination this year for “Sometimes I Can Be an Introvert”, shortlisted in 2019 for her album Grey.

Bafta-nominated actress Jessie Buckley, who recently won the Olivier Award for Best Actress for playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret, is also on the list for her album For All Our Days That Tear The Heart with Bernard Butler.

Isle of Wight band Wet Leg, who played at Glastonbury this year, were also nominated for their self-titled album, and Scottish pianist Fergus McCready was shortlisted for Forest Floor after last year’s acclaimed Cairn.

British singer Self Esteem is shortlisted for her second studio album Prioritize Pleasure, while singer-songwriter Joy Crooks’ debut album Skin is also featured.

Rock duo Nova Twins were nominated for their album Supernova along with British music artist Kojey Radical for Reason To Smile and Welsh musician Gwenno for Tresor.


Rhian Tisdale of Wet Leg performing on stage in the park during the Glastonbury Festival (Ben Birchall, PA)

The shortlist for the Mercury Prize was shortlisted by a jury that this year included DJ Annie Mac, musician Jamie Cullum, television presenter Jamz Supernova, songwriter Anna Calvi, television presenter Danielle Perry and musician Hazel Wilde.

The judges said, “Getting to 12 albums this year was not easy, simply because there were so many to choose from.

“This is proof that British and Irish music has thrived in turbulent times in history, with the albums chosen spanning everything from original pop to groundbreaking rap and Cornish-language folk rock.

“We feel that each of these 12 amazing albums has something to say artistically and socially, and they are all unique and enriching in their own way. Now the hardest part… picking just one winner.”

This year’s shortlist was unveiled at an event hosted by BBC Music’s Hugh Stevens on Tuesday.

It was also announced live at 11am by Nemone on BBC Radio 6 Music as part of a special Mercury Prize shortlist.

The awards ceremony will take place on 8 September at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.

It will feature live performances from many of the shortlisted artists, culminating in the announcement of the 2022 Mercury Prize winner.

Arlo Parks was named the 2021 winner, receiving the prestigious award for her debut album, Collapsed In Sunbeams.