Mercury Prize nominations : Where are all the newcomers?

The Mercury Prize has announced this year’s nominees, but despite the prize’s reputation for championing emerging artists, only three debut albums make the cut.

Some of the household names on this year’s shortlist include Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen and Florence + the Machine.

Singer Lily Allen, who scored her first Mercury nomination with her fourth studio album No Shame, said she hoped the small number of debut albums in the running this year will encourage new acts to make more music.

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