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2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize – nominations announcement

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2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize – nominations announcement

Lauren Laverne has officially announced the nominations for the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, London.

The nominations are:

Anna CalviAnna Calvi
ElbowBuild A Rocket Boys!
Everything EverythingMan Alive
Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam
Gwilym Simcock – Good Days At Schloss Elmau
James BlakeJames Blake
Katy BOn A Mission
King Creosote & Jon HopkinsDiamond Mine
MetronomyThe English Riviera
PJ HarveyLet England Shake
Tinie TempahDisc-Overy

Critics are citing Adele and PJ Harvey as the front-runners of the competition and debate has already centred around whether a win for Adele would have any real impact for the artist; 21ย  has sold over 8 million copies worldwide since its release on January 19th, 2011. The Mercury Prize has always been considered to provide a huge platform for artists who perhaps might not have otherwise gained the recognition they deserve for their work; might it be said that Adele has surpassed such a point and therefore a win for her would be unfair to the other nominees, or should it be about the best album overall; musically and lyrically?

I would personally love to see Metronomy or Everything Everything do well here, but we shall have to wait and see. The awards ceremony takes place in London on September 6th, 2011.

Good luck to everyone!



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