Mercury Music Prize Shortlist To Be Announced Today

Mercury Music Prize Shortlist To Be Announced Today

The shortlist of twelve albums for the annual Nationwide Mercury Music Prize are to be announced this morning (July 17).

The overall winner will be announced at the awards show on September 4.

Albums in the running for this year must have been released between July 18, 2006 and July 9, 2007.

Last year saw indie prodigies Arctic Monkeys walk off with the gong.

The Sheffield band were favourites to win the £20,000 award for their massively successful debut album 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not'.

The judges described that debut album as "great songs, astonishingly performed. Essential".

Albums that could be possibly be in contention for this year's shortlist include the Arctic Monkeys again, with their second album 'Favourite Worst Nightmare.'

Others that are eligible include Amy Winehouse - 'Back To Black', Gruff Rhys - 'Candylion', Jarvis Cocker - 'Jarvis' and Editors - 'The End Has A Start.'

Previous winners of the award, running since 1992 have included Franz Ferdinand, Suede and Pulp.

Check back to here after 11.30 to find out who has been chosen, and to have your say about who you think deserves to win.


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