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This year’s shortlist for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Album of the Year was announced in London this morning. A group of industry experts will select the winner, who will be announced in a ceremony hosted by Jools Holland 9/6. Winner also gets £20k. (Last year’s winner was the xx.) Here are your nominees:

Adele – 21
Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi
Elbow – Build a Rocket Boys!
Everything Everything – Man Alive
Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
Gwilym Simcock – Good Days at Schloss Elmau
James Blake – James Blake
Katy B – On a Mission
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine
Metronomy – The English Riviera
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Tinie Tempah – Disc-Overy

Who do you think should win? William Hill has the odds.

Comments (19)
  1. PJ’s got it in the bag.

  2. PJ and James deserve it the most.

  3. Hopefully the kiss of death won’t go to PJ Harvey / Anna Calvi / Metronomy

  4. PJ and Elbow already won the prize -> it would be repetitive despite their flawless discography. I’d like to see James Blake win because he deserves it the most because his record is marvellous. What could be more of a hindrance than a help: he has already gained so much public media / blog attention that a backlash could be possible.

    Considering the probability of winning, Katy and Adele are great but unlikely to win because they have become too successful considering sales figures. A rather embarrasing choice would be Tinie. In the middle: the so-so Everything Everything, awesome Metronomy and precious Anna Calvi. I predict an ‘underdog choice’ again (as in 2008: Elbow, and in 2009: Speech Debelle) because Mercury most often chooses fresh newcomers or often overlooked artists/bands. Thus I prognosticate the victory of the underrated King Creosote & Jon Hopkins! :)

    Wild Beasts received no nomination? Shame on you, Mercury!

  5. As much as I love Metronomy, I do believe that they’re going to choose James Blake.

  6. Should go to Metronomy, but it won’t because they actually have staying power. Mercury Prize usually goes to something trendy that’ll never be heard from again. So, probably James Blake.

    • To be fair, Elbow have a pretty healthy following. I’m not a big fan but they’ve kept a solid fan base for a while. I wouldn’t be to sure about ever hearing from James Blake again, either. He’s 21 and he just did what he did.

  7. I never get in to too much of a fuss over these awards. Adele will probably win.

  8. PJ Harvey, no question about it. I don’t think any album this year so far has had lyrics quite as powerful and vivid as hers. James Blake has good beats to bop your head to but it stops there. He seems more like a fad then anything else quite honestly. Anna Calvi would be very deserving as well.

    • I wouldn’t reduce him to a fad. If his self-titled is any indicator, he’s certainly capable of reinventing himself. It’s one of the more interesting records released this year, though admittedly it’s a bit more “potential” than realized product. PJ Harvey’s record is brilliant too, but in a different sort of way. Hers is the work a veteran whereas Blake seems like someone who’s still exploring what he can do.

    • I strongly disagree that JB is a ‘fad’. In a little over a year and at his young age we have witnessed actual development. Live, it translates beautifully also. I hope he takes this, but there are several other worthy contenders.

  9. i wouldn’t be surprised if Adele won. i mean it sold like hot cakes and it was moderately well recieved by critics.

    Call me a hater but I don’t want to see JB win. I didn’t think his album was all that good except for three or four songs.

    Pj Harvey delivered a great album though. It’s between her and Adele.

  10. Metronomy, but I have high doubts of that happenning. They’re quite underrated.

  11. I’m kind of surprised to see all of the Metronomy mentions in the comments. Am I the only one who finds them incredibly boring? Otherwise, Elbow’s great but they have won already so they’ll probably give it to Blake. Not as good of a list this year as it has been in the past, that’s for sure.

  12. Hey have a look at Time Out london competition for your chance to win tickets to the Mercury Prize 2011


  13. Love Katy B but James Blake and PJ deserve it

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