Sam Fender, Little Simz and Joy Crookes graced the red carpet of Eventim Apollo in London as the Mercury Prize ceremony kicked off on Thursday.
The musicians compete against Harry Styles, Wet Leg and Self Esteem for the prestigious gong, which recognizes the best album of the year.
Other nominees include Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler, Fergus McCreadie, Gwenno, Kojey Radical, Nova Twins and Yard Act, with all the acts set to perform at the event expected from Harry currently on tour.
The Mercury Prize, formerly known as the Mercury Music Prize, is an annual music award given to the best album released in the UK by a British or Irish act.
Sam, 28, wore a navy blue bomber jacket with a matching polo-collar t-shirt and washed baggy jeans.
His second album Seventeen Going Under, which explores his upbringing in North Shields, earned him a nomination for the annual music award.
Astonishing: The musicians compete for the prestigious gong, which recognizes the best album of the year, with Sam’s second album Seventeen Going Under being nominated
Stylish: Little Simz, 28, nominated for her album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, on a chic display in a structured wool blazer and full midi skirt
Little Simz, nominated for her album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, dressed chic in a structured wool blazer and full midi skirt.
She pulled on a pair of chunky loafers to complete her outfit and piled her hair up in a high ponytail.
Elsewhere, Joy Crookes wowed in a tight trouser suit, complete with a gray tie and black and white loafers.
Read carpet ready: Elsewhere, Joy Crookes wowed in a tight pantsuit, complete with a gray tie and black and white loafers
Polished: Self Esteem opted for a pair of thigh-high leather boots with an oversized blazer dress while Gwenno wore a figure-hugging jumpsuit with a cape
Glowing: Gwenno added a pop of color to her look with a slick red lipstick
She put her hair in a neat bun and shielded her eyes with striking square sunglasses.
The singer has earned a nomination for her debut studio album Skin, which explores young adulthood and heartbreak.
Harry’s third solo album, Harry’s House, has been nominated for the prestigious music award, making it to the top 10 Albums of the Year list.
Event: The Mercury Prize is an annual music award given to the best album released in the UK by a British or Irish act (Sam Fender and band pictured)
Quirky: Wet Leg has been nominated for their self-titled album
Band: Yard Act earned a nomination for their debut studio album The Overload
The former One Direction star will not be able to attend the show as he is on tour in America, showing a film screening instead.
The jury, consisting of musicians Anna Calvi, Jamie Cullum and Loyle Carner, is chaired by Jeff Smith, Head of Music for 6 Music and Radio 2.
Jeff said, “It wasn’t easy getting to 12 albums this year simply because there were so many notable ones to choose from.
Brave: Kojey Radical wowed in a cherry red suit with a matching velvet turtleneck
Pose: Bernard Butler and Jessie Buckley looked as stylish as ever on the red carpet
Eye-catching: Georgia South and Amy Love of Nova Twins turned heads in matching yellow and black leather ensembles
“It proves that British and Irish music thrives in uncertain periods in history, with the albums chosen to span everything from imaginative pop to groundbreaking rap to Cornish-language folk rock.
“We believe that these 12 great albums each have something to say artistically and socially, all in their own unique, enriching way.
“Now comes the really hard part… picking just one overall winner.”
The 2022 Awards Show will feature live performances from many of the nominated artists and the evening will culminate in the announcement of the overall winner of the Mercury Prize 2022 with FREE NOW Album of the Year.
Coming Soon: The 2022 Awards Show will feature live performances from many of the nominated artists and the evening will culminate in the announcement of the overall winner (jury panel pictured)
Mercury Prize 2022: Nominations
The top 10 albums of the year:
Fergus McCreadie – Forest land
Gwenno – Tresor
Harry Styles – Harry’s house
Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler – For all our days that tear the heart
Joy Crookes – Skin
Kojey Radical – Reason to laugh
Little Sims – Sometimes I may be introverted
Nova Twins – Supernova
Sam Fender – Seventeen is going down
Self confidence – Prioritize fun
Wet leg – Wet leg
Construction law – The overload