The nominees for Britain’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize have been announced. The prestigious prize is chosen yearly and honors the best British album of the year.
Nominees and winners are selected by a panel of figures in the U.K. music industry, including music critics, journalists, executives, and more.
The winners of the Mercury Prize are notoriously difficult to predict, giving hope to lesser-known artists who find themselves on the shortlist of nominees. As the prize is not limited to any specific genre of music, it tends to garner quite an eclectic group of nominees, and this year’s bunch is certainly no exception. The shortlist of nominees for the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize is as follows:
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