Four BMG Artists Among 2016 Mercury Prize Nominations

Four BMG clients are among the nominations for this year’s Mercury Music Prize, with Bat For Lashes, Savages, Jamie Woon and David Bowie all in the running.

Bat For Lashes’ fourth studio LP The Bride, which is licensed to Parlophone, has been nominated for the prestigious UK award, along with albums from BMG publishing clients Savages and Jamie Woon with Adore Life and Making Time respectively.

The Bride is Bat For Lashes’ third UK Top 10 LP, peaking at number nine. Her previous two albums, Two Suns and The Haunted Man, peaked at number five and number six respectively.

Adore Life is the second studio album from Matador-signed rock band Savages. Their debut LP, 2013’s Silence Yourself was a Top 20 hit in the UK. Jamie Woon also saw his debut LP breach the UK Top 20 as Mirrorwriting peaked at number 15 on the Official UK Albums Chart after release in 2011. Making Time is the singer-songwriter’s second studio album.

David Bowie, who is also a BMG publishing client, also makes the initial Mercury Prize list of 12 LPs with his 25th and final studio album, Blackstar, which was released in January this year shortly before the icon’s death.

The 2016 Mercury Prize Albums of the Year shortlist was revealed at a launch event on August 4, as well as being announced live on Lauren Laverne’s show on BBC Radio 6 Music.

Music fans can now vote online to select the first of six 2016 finalists from the 12 Albums of the Year at

The Mercury Prize celebrates and promote the best of UK music, recognising artistic achievement across a range of contemporary music genres.

The six finalists and the overall winner will be announced on Thursday September 15, at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.