Jamie xx is the NME readers’ favourite to win the Mercury Prize this year.
The xx drummer is the bookies’ joint favourite to win the 2015 award along with Florence + The Machine, but in an NME poll of who readers would like to see take home the accolade, the electronic musician’s solo debut ‘In Colour’ has come out on top.
Jamie xx is followed in the poll by Wolf Alice and Slaves, with Gaz Coombes, Florence and Aphex also among the nominees with the most votes.
If Jamie xx wins this year’s award then he’ll become the first musician to win both as a solo artist and with a band, after The xx picked up the Prize in 2010.
NME poll results:
Jamie xx (23.29%)
Wolf Alice (22.01%)
Gaz Coombes (11.52%)
Florence + The Machine (10.91%)
Aphex Twin (6.22%)
Roisin Murphy (2.22%)
Benjamin Clementine (1.65%)
C Duncan (1.07%)
The 12 albums shortlisted for this year’s award were announced on Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6Music radio show on Friday (October 16).
Albums released by British and Irish artists in the UK between September 9, 2014 and September 25, 2015 are eligible for the prize.
The shortlist was chosen by an independent judging panel, which this year included former nominees Anna Calvi, Corinne Bailey Rae and Nick Mulvey among broadcasters, journalists and DJs.
The winner of the Mercury will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Lauren Laverne at London’s Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House on November 20.
The BBC will screen the winning ceremony after Channel 4 broadcast the final for the previous two years.