The shortlist of nominees for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize, which honors the best British album of the year—as chosen by a panel of British music critics and industry folks—has been announced. Last year's winner was Alt-J. Previous winners have included PJ Harvey, the xx, Pulp, Portishead, Arctic Monkeys, Antony and the Johnsons, Franz Ferdinand, and more.
Seven of the nominees have previously featured on the shortlist since the prize was launched in 1992.
Arctic Monkeys - who won it in 2006 - and singer-songwriter Laura Marling each make it on to the list for a third time.
This year's shortlist is:
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
The nominees were drawn from 220 albums submitted to the judging panel.
The £20,000 prize is open to British and Irish acts and aims to reward the best album of the year. It will be awarded on October 30 in a ceremony at the Roundhouse venue in London.