Started in 1992, the Mercury Prize is a prestigious award issued each year to the best British album, as decided by a panel of British music critics and industry types. In the past 21 years, the award has gone to a who's who of Brit musicians—PJ Harvey, the xx, Pulp, Portishead, Antony and the Johnsons, Franz Ferdinand, Alt-J and more have all nabbed the prize. And many, many more big names have been nominated.
The shortlist for this year's award have been unveiled; there's returning favorite Arctic Monkeys and veteran David Bowie, plus other indie acts like R&B experimentalist James Blake, EDM duo Disclosure, girl-punk outfit Savages and soul songstress Laura Mvula.
Check out the complete list below. Who do you think should win the Mercury Prize?
Arctic Monkeys, AM
David Bowie, The Next Day
Foals, Holy Fire
Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg
James Blake, Overgrown
Jon Hopkins, Immunity
Laura Marling, Once I Was an Eagle
Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon
Savages, Silence Yourself