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Welsh Music Prize shortlist announced

By | Published on Thursday 28 October 2021

Kelly Lee Owens

The shortlist for this year’s Welsh Music Prize has been revealed. Now in its eleventh year, the award recognises the best albums by Welsh artists from the last year, with Gruff Rhys, Kelly Lee Owens and The Anchoress among those vying for the overall prize this time.

“Every year we are blown away by the outstanding music talent in Wales”, says Huw Stephens, co-founder of the prize. “The wide variety of talent we have in the shortlist is great to see; it’s a really strong shortlist of albums”.

“It’s been a tough year for the music industry with events being cancelled and postponed, so there’s never been a better time to support Welsh artists”, he goes on. “Our judges will decide on a winning album, but I hope people listen to all the nominees; the quality is exceptionally high”.

The winner will be announced later this year.

And this year’s nominees are:

Afro Cluster – The Reach
The Anchoress – The Art Of Losing
Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18 – Mas
Datblygu – Cwm Gwagle
El Goodo – Zombie
Gruff Rhys – Seeking New Gods
Gwenifer Raymond – Strange Lights Over
Garth Mountain
Kelly Lee Owens – Inner Song
Mace The Great – My Side Of The Bridge
Novo Amor – Cannot Be, Whatsoever
Private World – Aleph
Pys Melyn – Bywyd Llonydd