2010 Mercury Prize Nominations Announced

Posted on July 20, 2010 |

For the last 18 years, The Mercury Prize is awarded each year to what
is considered to be the best album released in the United Kingdom.

Previous winners includes:

Primal Scream, Suede, Portishead, Pulp, PJ Harvey, Franz Ferdinand,
Artic Monkeys, Klaxons, Elbow and Speech Debelle at last year’s ceremony.

Some of those Mercury winners could be considred questionable at best (M People?
Talvin Singh?) but i’d say they get those nominations right about 75% of the time.

This year’s shortlist:

Biffy ClyroOnly Revolutions

Corinne Bailey RaeThe Sea

Dizzee RascalTongue N’ Cheek

Kit Downes TrioGolden

FoalsTotal Life Forever

I Am KlootSky At Night

Laura MarlingI Speak Because I Can

Mumford & SonsSigh No More

Paul WellerWake Up The Nation

VillagersBecoming A Jackal

Wild BeastsTwo Dancers


Decent enough list.

But I gotta ask … no We Were Promised Jetpacks? Doves? Sky Larkin?
Manic Street Preachers? Four Tet?

All released outstanding albums (IMHO) last year.

Every year, the list always has these “who the hell are they?” picks like
Kit Downes Trio? or Villagers? but that’s what an award like this is for,
making new discoveries.

From my own personal tastes I would have Biffy Clyro, Mumford & Sons and
The XX in my top 3 and probably The XX for the win.

Who do you think will win? Who’s missing on the list?

The winner shall be announced on September 7th.

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