Mercury Prize: David Bowie Makes Shortlist
David Bowie and Arctic Monkeys have made the shortlist for this year's Mercury Prize.
The 66-year-old music veteran's latest release, The Next Day, is among the favourites to take the award, as he competes against 11 other acts.
Seven of the nominees, including Bowie, have previously featured on the shortlist since the prize was launched in 1992.
Arctic Monkeys - who won it in 2006 - and singer-songwriter Laura Marling each made it onto the list for the third time.
Foals, James Blake and Villagers are among those making their second appearance.
Five acts are making their debut on the Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist. They are 19-year-old Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Savages, Laura Mvula and Rudimental.
Electronica act Jon Hopkins was previously nominated for his collaboration with King Creosote, called Diamond Mine, but this is his first time in his own right.
Indie pop group London Grammar had been the bookies' favourite to make the shortlist, but in the end the trio were not nominated.
Bowie, who was previously up for the prize in 2002 for his album Heathen, is the same age as jazz pianist Stan Tracey was when he was shortlisted in 1993 for Portraits Plus.
Once a prolific pace-setter, Bowie had withdrawn almost entirely from the public eye in recent years and had released no albums for a decade.
But without warning earlier this year, he suddenly released a single, Where Are We Now?, and announced his comeback album which was warmly received by fans and critics, as were the accompanying videos.
There have been persistent rumours of ill-health for the New York-based British star, but these have been repeatedly denied by his representatives.
The nominees were drawn from 220 albums submitted to the judging panel.
The judging panel is made up of music industry figures, including musicians, executives, and journalists.
All 12 of the artists or bands nominated can expect a boost in album sales but mainstream success is sometimes elusive, even for the winners.
Speech Debelle won the Mercury Prize in 2009 with her debut album Speech Therapy, but the record peaked at number 65 in the UK Albums Chart.
The £20,000 prize is open to British and Irish acts, and aims to reward the best album of the year. It will be awarded on October 30 in a ceremony at the Roundhouse venue in London.