Mercury Prize Short List Announced

Published: 2005-07-20
One of the most prestigious prizes the modern music world has to offer, the annual Nationwide Mercury Music Prize announced its 2005 nominees yesterday morning. Not only does the winner of the British award get bragging rights, but also a nice pocket prize of £20,000 and a boost in album sales.

This year's 12-album short list ranges, as always, from the obscure to the major. Coldplay's mega-seller X&Y has been given a nod, as has Antony and the Johnsons' I Am a Bird Now. Britain being the betting nation that it happens to be, the Mercury Prize always brings out the bookies.

The Kaiser Chief's Employment LP is the favourite with 4:1 odds of winning. Running second is Bloc Party's Silent Alarm, with Coldplay sitting in third in the speculative rankings.

Previous winners of the Mercury Prize include Ms Dynamite in 2002 and grime artist Dizzee Rascal in 2003. Last year saw Franz Ferdinand take home the prize. The winner of the 2005 Mercury Music Prize will be announced at a London ceremony on September 6th.

The 2005 Mercury Music Prize short list, in alphabetical order, looks like this:

Antony and the Johnsons I Am a Bird Now
Bloc Party Silent Alarm
Coldplay X&Y
The Go! Team Thunder, Lightning, Strike
Hard-Fi Stars of CCTV
Kaiser Chiefs Employment
KT Tunstall Eye to the Telescope
The Magic Numbers The Magic Numbers
M.I.A. Arular
Maximo Park A Certain Trigger
Polar Bear Held on the Tips of Fingers
Seth Lakeman Kitty Jay

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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