Laura Marling and Wild Beasts are also among the nominees

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The shortlist for the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize has been announced this morning (July 20).

The names of the 12-strong list were revealed this morning at a press conference at [b]London[/b]’s [b]Hospital Club[/b].

As widely predicted, [b]The XX[/b] feature with their self-titled debut, while [b]Wild Beasts[/b], [b]Mumford And Sons[/b] and [b]Laura Marling[/b] have also been nominated by the prize’s jury.

This year’s [b]NME Awards Godlike Genius[/b] [b]Paul Weller[/b] features on the shortlist for the first time with his album [b]’Wake Up The Nation'[/b], while [b]Biffy Clyro[/b], [b]Foals[/b] and [b]Corinne Bailey Rae[/b] have made the cut.

[b]Dublin[/b]’s [b]Villagers[/b] are perhaps the biggest surprise to feature on the list, with [b]Manchester[/b] veterans [b]I Am Kloot[/b] also nominated.

The 2010 [b]Barclaycard Mercury Prize[/b] shortlist is:

[b]Biffy Clyro – ‘Only Revolutions’
Corinne Bailey Rae – ‘The Sea’
Dizzee Rascal – ‘Tongue N’ Cheek’
Kit Downes Trio – ‘Golden’
Foals – ‘Total Life Forever’
I Am Kloot – ‘Sky At Night’
Laura Marling – ‘I Speak Because I Can’
Mumford And Sons – ‘Sigh No More’
Paul Weller – ‘Wake Up The Nation’
Villagers – ‘Becoming A Jackal’
Wild Beasts – ‘Two Dancers’
The XX – ‘XX'[/b]

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in [b]London[/b] on September 7.

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