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Mercury Prize Nominations

Laura Scott weighs up this year’s contenders for the coveted 'Album of the Year' award

Written by . Published on July 19th 2011.

Mercury Prize Nominations

THE annual Mercury award shortlist for the album of year has been unveiled. Nominations were chosen by a selected panel of musicians, music executives, journalists and other figures in the music industry in the UK and Ireland.

The awards celebrate recorded music of all genres by British or Irish artists. The music on the album is the only thing taken into account by the judges. With the winner due to be announced on 6 September, who is your prediciton for the album of the year? Laura Scott shares hers...

Adele – With a fan base as big as her vocal chords Adele looks set to be well in the running for the award, even more so since her album re-entered the charts this week. Majority of the tracks are belters. Certainly one to watch


Anna Calvi – The list of her tour dates is hefty if that's anything to go by. Her individuality could work against her in this case as she isn't as well known compared with the other contenders, but her creative flare is very inspiring.

Anna CalviAnna Calvi

Elbow – Their fifth studio album with the highest percentage of sales in the first week, Elbow rarely leave room to disappoint, and once more, they haven't. Their age could be their Achilles heel as they've not done anything very contemporary.


Everything Everything – These guys break the barrier when it comes to music, going against many indie/rock clichés using an eclectic mix of musical techniques and never trying to be something they're not. Admirable, but that's not enough to steal the award.

Everything EverythingEverything Everything

Ghostpoet – Some gritty lyrics that appeal to his audience, the synth featured in a lot of his songs adds a lot of depth so it's not just rap. An ordinary guy who hasn't let fame get to his head, maybe because he's not that famous.


Gwilym Simcock – The most talented of the bunch and the bulge of awards he has up his sleeve prove that. A concoction of jazz and classical instrumentals, very impressive but equally very unlikely.

Gwilym SimcockGwilym Simcock

James Blake – Mellow tones with an electric beat go hand in hand on the tracks. He's been around since 2009 but has only recently had plays on radio stations and TV shows which is a shame. Maybe next year.

James BlakeJames Blake

Katy B – She's done some noteworthy collaborations with the likes of Magnetic Man and even filled The Dance East Tent at Glastonbury this year.  She supported Tinie Tempah on his last tour – but the closest thing Katy has to getting the award will be supporting her pal Tinie to carry it.

Katy BKaty B

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – While they may have been branded with the 'folk' label, their music is a must-hear and stretches way further than 'just' folk. Every track is empowering with a Coldplay-esque twist. They'd be well deserved winners. 

King Creosote And Jon HopkinsKing Creosote And Jon Hopkins

Metronomy – Upbeat with a slight tinge of 80s drumming. Makes for easy listening and an ideal festival watch, but nothing show stopping.


PJ Harvey – Meaningful anti-war lyrics, some good foot tappers. A doubtful winner, sadly, against contemporary artists who are more current and generic.

Pj HarveyPj Harvey

Tinie Tempah – Supporting the likes of Rihanna and headlining Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage have stood him in good stead for this prize. Another huge fan base who will be rapturously applauding when he wins (which is very likely.)

Tinie TempahTinie Tempah


The latest odds - courtesy of PaddyPower

15/8      PJ Harvey (Let England Shake)
 9/2       Metronomy (English Riviera)
 5/1       James Blake (James Blake)
 5/1       Ghostpoet (Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam)
 6/1       Adele (21)
 6/1       Anna Calvi (Anna Calvi)
 8/1       Katy B (On A Mission)
14/1      Everything Everything (Man Alive)
20/1      King Creosote & Jon Hopkins (Diamond Mine)
20/1      Elbow (Build A Rocket Boys!)
25/1      Gwilym Simcock (Good Days At Schloss Elmau)
25/1      Tinie Tempah (Disc-Overy)


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5 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJuly 19th 2011.

I must have missed Tinie Tempah headlining Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage. Was he hiding in Chris Martin's piano?

FurFoxAcheJuly 20th 2011.

No, in Beyonce's "booty".

AnonymousJuly 21st 2011.

What a terrible list Ghostpoet and Metronomy aside

The soundtrack to a day in Debenhams...MOR.

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