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Arlo Parks, Wolf Alice and Celeste are a few of the iconic acts that have been put forward for the prestigious Mercury Prize award.

The 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize Shortlist has been announced and our Elevate Emerging Artist in Music, Arlo Parks, has snagged a nomination!

The British breakout star has had an incredible year with her debut record Collapsed In Sunbeams which has received critical acclaim since its release.

Arlo has had a stellar year releasing new music, winning over legions of fans and emerging as one of music’s most exciting new talents.

Shortly after the nominations were announced, the singer-songwriter took to Twitter to reaction to the news.

“Honoured to have been nominated for the 2021 Hyundai Mercury prize!! What a surreal moment – im so happy to be recognised in this big, pure way,” Arlo posted.

Speaking to GAY TIMES last year, the star opened up about her music and the inspiration behind her work.

“The best songs that I’ve written are ones that I’ve lived,” she says during the interview. “I struggle to invent things or write about ideas, although my imagination is quite wild. I’m just not that good at writing about metaphors and stuff, I can only write about solid things.

“I write in order to process things that have happened to me and it’s the world through my lens; a process which hasn’t really changed since I started writing in the beginning. It’s always how I see something and it’s my way of dissecting, processing and understanding by making a song.”

Reacting to her win, Arlo said: “I want to say a massive thank you to GAY TIMES for this Elevate Rising Artist in Music award. To me, the idea of providing representation and of getting this level of validation at this stage of my career feels absolutely incredible. I think my little 16-year-old self would be very proud.”

Alongside an incredible music nomination, Arlo Parks also announced she will be supporting Clairo on a US headline “no bullshit” tour.

Clairo, whose real name is real name Claire Cottrill, will be kicking off her North American tour from Feburary 2022 to April.

“I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be touring North America with my darling @clairo next Spring!! Her work fills my belly with butterflies – kindness and sensitivity weaves through her work like a golden thread – thank you for allowing me to share this stage with you,” Arlo posted on Instagram.

Arlo Parks has also been honoured with a spot on the 30 Under 30 list.  The 20-year-old singer-songwriter has captivated audiences with her hushed ethereal sound and achieved critical acclaim for her debut record Collapsed in Sunbeams which peaked at number three on the U.K. albums chart.

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