Mercury Prize Nominees Announced

This year’s nominations for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize have been announced in London, with the usual eclectic mixture of artists vying for the award, which gets announced in September.

BBC 6 Music DJ Lauren Laverne announced the contenders at the Hospital Club, with a full list of the nominees below.

The 2010 winners of the Mercury Prize was of course The xx, who beat off stiff competition from the likes of Wild Beasts, Foals and Dizzee Rascal.

The early favourites for the honours in 2011 are Adele and PJ Harvey, who won the Mercury back in 2001 for Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea. She’s up this time round with Let England Shake. The obvious choice for the discerning fan, though, must be King Creosote and Jon Hopkins, nominated for their album Diamond Mine.

The full list is:

Anna Calvi Anna Calvi
ElbowBuild A Rocket Boys!
Everything EverythingMan Alive
GhostpoetPeanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam
Gwilym SimcockGood Days At Schloss Elmau
James BlakeJames Blake
Katy BOn A Mission
King Creosote & Jon HopkinsDiamond Mine
MetronomyThe English Riviera
PJ HarveyLet England Shake
Tinie TempahDisc-Overy

And here is a song from PJ Harvey’s 2001 triumph:




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