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Mercury Prize nominees announced

Kasabian

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This year’s Mercury Prize nominees have been revealed today with Kasabian joint favourites to pick up the award with Florence and the Machine. Other entrants include La Roux, The Horrors and Glasvegas with the winner being decided on September 8th.

The Mercury Prize is an important date in the musical calendar, the award, accompanied by a £20,000 cheque acknowledges the year’s most acclaimed British albums and proves a huge boost for artist’s exposure and album sales. Last year’s winners Elbow won the award for their album; ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ and commented the win was “…literally the best thing that’s ever happened to us.”

The full list of nominees includes:

Bat For Lashes – Two Suns

Florence And The Machine – Lungs

Friendly Fires – Friendly Fires

Glasvegas – Glasvegas

The Horrors – Primary Colours

La Roux – La Roux

Led Bib – Sensible Shoes

The Invisible – The Invisible

Lisa Hannigan – Sea Sew

Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

Speech Debelle – Speech Therapy

Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Twice Born Men

The nominees stretch over genres such as Jazz, Folk and Pop with 7 of the 12 nominees being debut albums. Many high profile acts such as White Lies and the Manic Street Preachers were left off the list for the prize and the winner will be decided on September 8th in London.

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