FKA Twigs couldn't wait to tell her friends and family she had been nominated for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

The 26-year-old singer - who is rumoured to be dating Robert Pattinson - described her nomination as an ''amazing'' thing and the first people she wanted to share the news with are the people who have supported her musical ambitions.

Speaking at The Hospital Club - where the nominations were announced on Wednesday night (10.09.14) - she told BANG Showbiz: ''I've told all of my close friends and family about it and everyone's happy for me and it's just great to have the support of my friends and my family.''

The songwriter insists the nomination - which is for her critically acclaimed debut album 'LP1' - is for her and for all the people who work so hard for her.

She said: ''The really cool thing is I work with a lot of my close friends, so my best friend is my stylist and my other best friend is my choreographer.

''It's very exciting to be able to include all these wonderful, creative people who I've met in the past seven or eight years living in London to be able to include them in my work and everyone's really happy for me.''

Preferring to talk about her music, the enigmatic songstress refused to open up about her rumoured romance with 'Twilight' actor Pattinson, who she was spotted having lunch with in New York last week.

When asked about her relationship with the Hollywood star, she said: ''I think that I like to keep my personal life personal, but I'm really excited to be here today and to be talking about my music and my album.''

The Barclaycard Mercury Prize is awarded annually to the album which a panel of judges deem to be the best album from the UK and Ireland in the previous 12 months. Among the 12 nominees this year is Bombay Bicycle Club's 'So Long, See You Tomorrow' and Kate Tempest' 'Everybody Down'.