Mercury prize 2023: Arctic Monkeys tie Radiohead’s record for most nominations

There are first-time nods for the likes of Fred Again, Lankum, Jockstrap and Raye, and repeat recognition for acts including J Hus and Jessie Ware

Arctic Monkeys have claimed their fifth nomination for the Mercury prize for seventh album The Car, making them the joint most-nominated artists in the award’s history alongside Radiohead. While Thom Yorke and co have never won, the Sheffield band previously took home the gong for their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, in 2006.

This year’s shortlist features second-time Mercury nominations for four acts. J Hus is recognised for his third album, Beautiful and Brutal Yard – released on 14 July, the cutoff for this year’s submissions – following a nomination for his debut in 2017. Loyle Carner is up for his third album, Hugo, following recognition for his 2017 debut, and Young Fathers follow their 2014 win for debut Dead with a nod for Heavy Heavy. Jessie Ware receives her second nod, and first in 11 years, for her fifth record, That! Feels Good! “It means a lot,” said Ware. “It’s a prestigious award and recognition and I think I feel far more ready to receive it 11 years on. Being up for my debut was kind of amazing and overwhelming – I appreciated it then but I think I will really relish the moment this time.”

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