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Mercury Prize rescheduled after it was dramatically axed hours after Queen's death

This year's Mercury Prize Awards Show has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 18.

The prestigious awards ceremony was originally due to take place on September 8 but was postponed at the last minute due to the death of Her Majesty The Queen. The re-scheduled event will no go ahead next month at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.

The show will see an exciting line-up of artists who have produced the Albums of the Year don the stage to perform. Further details of the live performances will be confirmed at a later date.

The evening will culminate in the announcement of the overall winner of the 2022 Mercury Prize for the Album of the Year accolade.

To mark the BBC ’s 100th birthday, BBC Music will deliver live television and radio coverage of the event – plus online and on social media coverage. The ceremony is set to be broadcast on BBC Four from 9pm to 10.15pm.

Georgia South and Amy Love of Nova Twins (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

BBC Radio 6 Music will also bring radio coverage of the awards show to listeners in a special show hosted by Tom Ravenscroft from 7pm.

Both the TV and radio programmes will feature live performances from the shortlisted artists as they lead up to the live announcement of this year’s overall winner. And the 6 Music programme will include a playout of the winner’s album in full following its reveal.

The Albums of the Year award helps to celebrate and promote the best of British and Irish music by recognising artistic achievement across a range of contemporary music genres. An independent panel of judges selects the shortlist from a batch of around 220 entries.

Sam Fender is among the nominees (Getty Images)

The winner is based on who the judges feel produced the best music in the 12-month time period and not on album sales or profile.

This year's nominees are are led by Harry Styles for Harry's House, and Sam Fender for Seventeen Going Under. The 12-strong shortlist also features nominations for Nova Twins, Little Simz, Jessie Buckley, and Isle of Wight band Wet Leg.

Lesser-known artists included are rapper Kojey Radical and Welsh musician Gwenno, whose album Tresor is sung mostly in Cornish.