Mercury Prize 2014 Shortlist Includes FKA Twigs, Damon Albarn, Bombay Bicycle Club

The shortlist of nominees for the 2014 Mercury Prize has been announced! And, once again, the list confirms what we’ve always known: The Mercury Prize is much, much cooler than the stupid thing we’ve got … the [sigh] Grammys. Sure, Daft Punk won the Best Album Grammy, but they were up against goddamn Sara Bareilles and motherfreakin’ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis! And Grammys nominees can come from anywhere in the world — the Mercury Prize only covers the UK and Ireland! Look it’s kind of embarrassing, that’s all I’m saying. ANYWAY, cultural insecurities aside, here are your nominees for the 2014 Mercury Prize:

Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow
Anna Calvi – One Breath
East India Youth – Total Strife Forever
FKA twigs – LP1
GoGo Penguin – v2.0
Jungle – Jungle
Nick Mulvey – First Mind
Polar Bear – Each And Every One
Royal Blood – Royal Blood
Kate Tempest – Everybody Down
Young Fathers – Dead

The Mercury Prize winner will be revealed October 29.

UPDATE: Watch many of the artists react to their nominations: