Adele, Elbow, PJ Harvey Nominated For Mercury Prize


The nominations for this year’s Mercury Awards have just been announced, and as usual, there are no clear front-runners as yet (although if I was in charge, it’d be an easy win for Everything Everything), so here’s the full list and a video clip from each artist.

We’ve also had a think about each album’s prospects of winning (which is different from whether we think they should win). However, as this award is given on artistic merit, and is decided by a panel of judges with very subjective tastes, frankly your guess is as good as ours.

Adele – “21”

Likelihood of winning: 6/10

Anna Calvi – “Anna Calvi”

Likelihood of winning: 5/10

Elbow – “Build a Rocket Boys!”

Likelihood of winning: 5/10

Everything Everything – “Man Alive”

Likelihood of winning: 7/10

Ghostpoet – “Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam”

Likelihood of winning: 6/10

Gwilym Simcock – “Good Days at Schloss Elmau”

(No video available, but there are sound samples at his website)

Likelihood of winning: 1/10

James Blake – “James Blake”

Likelihood of winning: 7/10

Katy B – “On a Mission”

Likelihood of winning: 6/10

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – “Diamond Mine”

Likelihood of winning: 4/10

Metronomy – “The English Riviera”

Likelihood of winning: 5/10

PJ Harvey – “Let England Shake”

Likelihood of winning: 8/10

Tinie Tempah – “Disc-Overy”

Likelihood of winning: 6/10

Go on then, who would YOU nominate? Tell us here:

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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